|Assets:||Has incredible hockey sense, vision and patience with the puck. Can set up linemates with aplomb, as well as score goals himself. Displays a two-way game. Makes his teammates around him better.|
|Flaws:||Doesn't have ideal size for the highest level, so he will need to continue to add more bulk and strength in order to withstand the constant pounding of the NHL game year in and year out.|
|Career Potential:||Talented playmaking center with huge upside.|
|NHL||Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game||2011-12 (Injured)|
|Canadian Major Junior||Top Draft Prospect||2010-11|
|WHL||Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy||2009-10|
|WHL||East First All-Star Team||2010-11|
|4/27/2013||Missed the last 5 regular season games (shoulder injury).|
|4/21/2013||Shoulder injury, remainder of the regular season.|
|3/25/2013||Missed 2 games (illness).|
|3/23/2013||Illness, injured reserve.|
|2/09/2013||Missed 1 game (shoulder injury).|
|2/06/2013||Shoulder injury, day-to-day.|
|1/06/2013||Recalled from Oklahoma City (AHL).|
|9/15/2012||Assigned to Oklahoma City (AHL).|
|2/25/2012||Missed 7 games (sprained shoulder).|
|2/21/2012||Sprained shoulder, injured reserve.|
|2/08/2012||Sprained shoulder, day-to-day.|
|2/04/2012||Missed 13 games (upper body injury).|
|1/03/2012||Upper body injury, injured reserve.|
|7/02/2011||Signed by the Edmonton Oilers to a three-year entry-level contract.|
|6/24/2011||Drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1st round (1st overall) in 2011.|
Nugent-Hopkins had successful surgery | 04/24/2013 6:21 PM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins had successful surgery on his ailing shoulder Tuesday.
Impact"It's something that's been nagging at me for a couple years," said Nugent-Hopkins. "It got a little bit worse and it's something that has to be taken care of eventually. We all decided it was time." The procedure repaired a torn labrum. Nugent-Hopkins didn't live up to expectations this season with just four goals and 24 points in 40 games. Look for him to be better next year.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins may have surgery Tuesday | 04/22/2013 9:00 AM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins will see Dr. Tony Miniaci Monday and could have shoulder surgery as early as Tuesday.
ImpactNugent-Hopkins said that the injury originally happened in his second year in junior hockey with Red Deer of the WHL and is not related to the shoulder injury suffered last season. "It has gotten a little worse, so it had to be taken care of eventually. It's time," Nugent-Hopkins said. "I don't want to have to deal with the discomfort and pain every year." Look for a season in 2013-14 like his rookie one in which he had 52 points in 62 games and not a bad one like this season where he had only four goals and 24 points in 40 games. It may take six months for Nugent-Hopkins to heal so he may start next season on the injured reserve list.
Season-ending surgery for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins | 04/21/2013 1:15 PM
NewsEdmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' season is over because of a labral tear in his shoulder.
Edmonton Oilers on Twitter
ImpactSurgery appears highly likely for the budding young star. All indications are that his issue is similar to the one that prematurely ended Taylor Hall's rookie season. The bright side is that he'll have plentiful time to recover from this issue.
RNH unable to produce | 04/14/2013 6:20 AM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins was held pointless for a fifth straight game in the Oilers' 4-1 loss to Flames Saturday night.
ImpactAfter racking up four points in Edmonton's blowout victory over Calgary at the beginning of the month, Nugent-Hopkins hasn't found the net since and the Oilers playoffs hopes are fading fast.
Nugent-Hopkins has 11 points in six games | 04/04/2013 9:56 AM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and three assists in a 8-2 victory Wednesday.
ImpactNugent-Hopkins has been on fire lately with a goal and 11 points in his last six games. It wouldn't be surprising to see Nugent-Hopkins stay hot and be a big part of the Oilers' push for a playoff spot.
Nugent-Hopkins seems to have turned a corner | 03/27/2013 9:09 AM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins registered two assists on Tuesday.
ImpactNugent-Hopkins has three assists in two contests since returning from the flu. He's been dealing with a sophomore slump this season, but seems to have turned a corner with a goal and seven points in 11 contests this month. Unfortunately he still hasn't found the back of the net with any regularity after scoring 18 goals in 62 games as a rookie.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins returns on Monday | 03/26/2013 9:53 AM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins returned to action on Monday after missing two games with the flu.
ImpactNugent-Hopkins is definitely having a sophomore slump with only two goals and 12 points in 26 games but did manage an assist in 16:44 minutes of action Monday. He was horrible at the face-off dot as he lost 13 of 16 draws. He is a definite must-have in keeper leagues but is a bubble player at best this season in deeper pools.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will return Monday night | 03/25/2013 5:07 PM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins (flu) will return from his two-game absence Monday night when the Oilers play at Nashville.
ImpactHe will join Nail Yakupov and Ryan Smyth on the team's third line. "We may monitor his ice-time somewhat, but he's back in there," said coach Ralph Krueger, who will keep Magnus Paajarvi with Sam Gagner and Jordan Eberle as well as Taylor Hall alongside Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky.
Look for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to return soon | 03/24/2013 11:05 AM
NewsOilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who has missed Edmonton's past two games with the flu, was scheduled to be on the team flight to Nashville Sunday morning.
Impact"He had a better day Saturday," Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger said. "We'll have him ride the bike there, and we'll make a decision on whether he plays in Nashville after the pre-game skate Monday."
Oilers move Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to IR list | 03/23/2013 7:08 PM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins is on the injured reserve list with the flu.
ImpactNugent-Hopkins won't play on Saturday, but after that he's eligible to return to the lineup. That being said, Oilers coach Ralph Krueger wouldn't commit to Nugent-Hopkins traveling with the Oilers to Nashville and St. Louis for the Oilers' games on Monday and Tuesday respectively. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Nugent-Hopkins (flu) may not play Saturday | 03/22/2013 5:54 PM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins (flu) may not be available for Saturday's game after all.
ImpactHe was a late scratch Wednesday and did not skate on Friday. "What I had hoped was a 24-hour flu, which has hit multiple players here, is deeper than that. (Nugent-Hopkins) is still extremely weak today," coach Ralph Krueger said Friday. "With that being at least three days, we expect he will need as many days to get back."
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins should be OK for Saturday | 03/21/2013 4:06 PM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins (flu) is expected to be fine to play Saturday.
ImpactThe flu bug that prevented him playing Wednesday night is only suspected to be 24-hour ailment. Nugent-Hopkins has been disappointing in his sophomore season with two goals and nine assists in 27 games.
Nugent-Hopkins is sick, won't play Wednesday | 03/20/2013 9:29 PM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins will not play Wednesday night because he's sick.
ImpactThe Oilers are set to host the Sharks. Nugent-Hopkins has two goals and nine assists in 27 games this year, with three of those points coming in the past four games. Teemu Hartikainen draws into the lineup.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins ends goal scoring slump | 03/13/2013 10:34 AM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins scored just his second goal of the season on Tuesday.
ImpactNugent-Hopkins has been enduring a rough sophomore season offensively. It hasn't all been bad news for him as he has been growing his game defensively, but it's safe to say that he has frustrated fantasy owners. Still, Nugent-Hopkins might be turning a corner with four points in his last five games.
Nugent-Hopkins' offensive slump continues | 03/08/2013 10:44 PM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins had a minus-three rating in Edmonton's 6-0 loss Friday.
ImpactNugent-Hopkins has just a goal and eight points in 23 games this season. He also has just one point in his last 10 games. He's a big gamble at this point, but also is a guy to target if you can acquire him cheaply in a trade.
Nugent-Hopkins has improved defensively | 03/07/2013 10:13 AM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins has just one goal in 21 games, but he's been helping the Oilers in other areas.
Impact"Everyone is going to go through (a slump) at some point in their career ... but we don't really notice it," teammate Taylor Hall said. "He's just so good in our own end and we see the skill that he has. Those passes in overtime were pretty sick. It's not going to be long before we see the old Nuge back every game, every shift. I'm glad I'm still playing with him." Nugent-Hopkins becoming a well-rounded player will ultimately be to fantasy owner's benefit, but he's been a painful player to hold onto so far this season.
When will Ryan Nugent-Hopkins break out? | 02/28/2013 11:14 AM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins has a goal and two points in 10 games this month.
Impact"Obviously, you have to worry about the defensive zone first, and I'm trying. The chances are there. I have to bear down, get the puck off quickly, and move my feet," said Nugent-Hopkins. Oilers coach Ralph Krueger thinks it's just a matter of time before the line of Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, and Jordan Eberle have a breakout game and that seems like a good bet to us.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has a goal in 15 games | 02/23/2013 11:30 AM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins has just one goal in 15 games this season.
ImpactNugent-Hopkins has just two points in eight February contests. We might be witnessing a sophomore slump from him, but there's still a good chance he'll pick up the pace in the second half of the season.
Nugent-Hopkins okay after hit from Brown | 02/21/2013 9:49 AM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins is okay after taking a hit to his shoulder from the Kings' Dustin Brown Tuesday.
ImpactNugent-Hopkins had trouble last season with his wonky shoulder so it's good news that his shoulder is able to absorb a big hit. "Nothing unexpected coming from him. He's a physical player," Nugent-Hopkins said of Brown. "The shoulder felt fine. That's why we put so much effort into getting it stronger. It'll happen again, for sure. When I got hit, I was trying to get the puck into their end so we could get a change." Nugent-Hopkins has struggled offensively this season with only one goal and seven points in 14 games. He is worth looking at if some owner is willing to give him away at less than full value, especially in keeper leagues.
RNH breaks long goal-scoring drought | 02/17/2013 10:56 AM
NewsThe goal scored by Ryan Nugent-Hopkins against the Avalanche Saturday night broke a 23-game drought for the young forward.
ImpactHis goal at 15:59 of the second period finally ended the snap and arguably got the Oilers going, as it was the first of five consecutive tallies for the team. He may only have recorded seven point in 13 contests, but there's a reason RNH was the first overall pick in the entry draft. Now is the time to target him, especially in keeper leagues.
Nugent-Hopkins still searching for 1st goal | 02/13/2013 11:26 AM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins' goal scoring slump was extended to 23 NHL contests on Tuesday.
ImpactOf course, Nugent-Hopkins was able to find the back of the net eight times in 19 games during the lockout. Still, Nugent-Hopkins' cold streak is concerning as we might be seeing the start of a sophomore slump. "I want to help out the team at both ends of the ice and right now, I'm not offensively," said Nugent-Hopkins. "I'll keep working on it but I don't want to get frustrated. I don't want to let it get the best of me." On the bright side, he does have six assists this season.
Nugent-Hopkins yet to find back of net | 02/10/2013 10:45 AM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins has yet to score a goal in 10 games this season.
ImpactRNH has generated 19 shots on goal in that span and as a career 11.8 percent shooter, he should probably have netted a couple already. "I can't let myself get frustrated," said Nugent-Hopkins. "I think things will come." While he's known as more of a playmaker than a scorer, the Oilers certainly expect more production than this from the second-year player. It's way too early to panic about such a phenomenal talent.
| 02/10/2013 3:01 AM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins returned to action on Saturday February 9.
RNH doesn't think he'll need shoulder surgery | 02/08/2013 11:15 AM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins doesn't think he'll ultimately need surgery to deal with his ongoing shoulder problems.
Impact"It's feeling good. I feel confident I'll be ready to go," said Nugent-Hopkins after missing Wednesday's game. "I have to make sure I'm taking care of it, but with a (compacted) schedule like this everybody has to take care of their body. So if there's anything nagging at you, it's that much more important to make sure you do." Consider Nugent-Hopkins probable for Saturday's game, but keep in mind this isn't the first time he's dealt with shoulder problems during his NHL career.
Nugent-Hopkins dealing with shoulder issue | 02/06/2013 3:28 PM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins is dealing with a shoulder problem, according to Sportsnet's Gene Principe.
Gene Principe on Twitter
ImpactIt is reportedly a different shoulder issue than he had last year and it isn't believed to be serious. Nugent-Hopkins won't play Wednesday, but coach Ralph Krueger thinks that he could have his top center back for Saturday's contest at Detroit.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins out vs. Stars Wednesday | 02/06/2013 3:12 PM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins (undisclosed) has been ruled out for Wednesday night's game against Dallas, but he's expected to be back for Saturday's match with Detroit.
ImpactThe team's Twitter account posted: "[Coach Ralph] Krueger says RNH was banged up in OT vs. Vancouver, could play tonight but don't want to 'force him into a situation where he's not 100%'" Nugent-Hopkins didn't take part in the team's morning skate. He hasn't score a goal yet this season, but has five helpers in nine games.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins still goalless | 02/04/2013 10:28 AM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins has yet to find the back of the net this season.
ImpactNugent-Hopkins has five assists in eight games as the supposedly offensively talented Oilers have found the back of the net only 19 times in eight games although they have been credited with 20 due to a shootout win. Look for the first overall pick in the 2011 Draft to get untracked soon as he is too talented to go this long without scoring.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins endures 49 hour trip | 01/11/2013 10:58 PM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins is finally back in Edmonton, although it took him 49 hours to get there from Russia.
ImpactNugent-Hopkins was playing in the 2013 World Junior Championship. "We went to Helsinki, then London and then our flight was cancelled and we stayed there for a day and a half and then went to Toronto from there," Nugent-Hopkins said. "So it was quite the day." Two days technically. He's also trying to recover from a 13-hour time difference. Still, once he gets over the jet lag, he'll be one of the Oilers' top forwards this season.
RNH leads WJC in scoring with 15 points | 01/05/2013 11:00 AM
NewsRyan Nugent Hopkins will top all scorers at the World Junior Championships unless American John Gaudreau registers six points in the gold medal game Saturday.
ImpactAlthough RNH scored four goals and added 11 assists in only a dozen games in the tourney, he will be haunted by his performance against the Americans in a 5-1 loss that knocked Canada out of gold medal contention. In that game, Nugent-Hopkins failed to register a point. Of the loss to Russia in the bronze medal game Saturday, RNH had this to say: "Obviously I'm disappointed. I think all the guys in the room are. We battled hard, but fourth is not what Canada wants." Hopefully the Oilers' star can take this negative experience and use it as motivation when (and if) the NHL resumes play.
Canada loses bronze medal in OT at Ufa | 01/05/2013 10:21 AM
NewsRyan Nugent Hopkins scored a goal and registered three assists in Canada's disappointing 6-5 overtime loss to Russia in the bronze medal game of the World Junior Championships in Ufa on Saturday.
ImpactWith the loss, Canada's streak of winning a medal at this tournament is stopped at 14. The Canadians once again found themselves in a 2-0 whole just as they did against the Americans on Thursday. However, on Saturday, they battled back to tie the score twice in the latter part of the game to force the extra frame. Ryan Murphy also had a big game for the Canucks with a goal and two assists, while Jonathan Huberdeau and Mark Schiefele each scored and added a helper. The final Canadian goal was scored by Brett Ritchie at the 10:46 mark of the third period tying the game at five and sending it into overtime.
RNH, Scheifele say WJC will help at NHL camps | 01/04/2013 5:38 PM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins and a few of his Canadian teammates feel that their experience at the World Junior Championship will help him in the event that they are summoned for NHL training camps.
Impact"It's been a really intense tournament," said Nugent-Hopkins. "I think it's exactly how the start of the season will be." The Edmonton Oilers center has been keeping sharp in the AHL with Oklahoma City as well, where he has 20 points in 19 games. Winnipeg Jets prospect Mark Scheifele agreed with RNH's assessment. "It's such a strong tournament here and there's so many good players you're playing against," he said. "There's a lot of guys that could be in the NHL, will be in the NHL soon. That would be a huge thing to build you up for a training camp."
RNH has lived up to World Junior expectations | 01/02/2013 1:13 PM
NewsRyan Nugent-Hopkins is enjoying his rare opportunity to shine at the World Junior Championship.
Impact"It's a lot different but it's a lot of fun," he said. "Anytime you get the chance to represent Canada, it's going to be fun and it's a unique opportunity for me, so I'm just trying to embrace it as much as I can." Nugent-Hopkins would be playing for the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL if there wasn't a lockout. His teammates and coaches are glad to have him and they have been blown away by his skill. RNH leads the tournament in scoring with 11 points in just four games.
|Goals||1||4 times-last:at Col||last:Apr 19||3|
|Assists||3||at Cgy||Apr 3||5|
|Points||4||at Cgy||Apr 3||5|
|Penalty Minutes||4||at Ana||Apr 8||4|
|Plus/Minus||4||at Col||Apr 19||3|
|Power Play Goals||1||2 times-last:at Cgy||last:Apr 3||2|
|Power Play Points||2||2 times-last:at Cgy||last:Apr 3||3|
|Shorthanded Goals||0||40 times-last:at Col||last:Apr 19||0|
|Shorthanded Points||0||40 times-last:at Col||last:Apr 19||0|
|Shots||5||2 times-last:vs. Phx||last:Feb 23||6|
|Penalty Minutes||16||2011-12 (Edm)|
|Power Play Goals||3||2011-12 (Edm)|
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