Edmonton Oilers rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been on a roll since the 2011 CHL Top Prospects Game earlier this year. He was named the Player of the Game at that event and rode that momentum to his first overall selection by the Oilers at the 2011 NHL Draft.
The former WHL Rookie of the Year made his NHL debut just a little over three months after being drafted. Just one month into his NHL career, he is now the front-runner in the race for the league’s Calder Trophy that is presented each season to the NHL Rookie of the Year.
Nugent-Hopkins has been named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month for October on the strength of his 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in 11 games. He is tied with several players at that point total, including such notable names as Jaromir Jagr, Patrick Kane, and John Tavares. Nugent-Hopkins leads the Oilers in scoring, with his play being one of the main factors in the Oilers current perch among the league leaders. Pretty heady stuff for a kid fresh out of junior hockey.
Prior to the start of the NHL season, Nugent-Hopkins and other, recent draftees took part in the NHLPA’s 2011 Rookie Showcase. This event was chronicled in a series of videos, the first of which is being presented here courtesy of the NHLPA.
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