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Nugent-Hopkins dishes on CSS No. 1 ranking

Wednesday, 04.13.2011 / 9:00 AM

By Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - Special to NHL.com / Ryan Nugent-Hopkins draft blog

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Nugent-Hopkins dishes on CSS No. 1 ranking
Hi everyone. It was a pretty exciting day on Monday, to say the least. I'm in Medicine Hat (Alberta) right now with my teammates preparing for Games 3 and 4 of our playoff series.

My mum was the first person to text me Monday morning with the news that I received the No. 1 ranking on the Central Scouting list. The text read, 'Congratulations for being ranked No. 1.' So that was the first time I found out about it. It's definitely a big honor for me. It was even cool to be up near the top at the mid-term, so being ranked No. 1 was a great honor and I'm very excited about it.

I think being ranked near the top is really cool and I don't think it'll make that much of a difference if you're ranking up there anyone. Every team has their own preference. But I know I have to keep working on some things and just keep on getting better. I'm just motivated and determined to do whatever it takes to improve my overall game. I can tell you that I did like watching the Oilers play quite a bit when I was younger.

As for right now, though, I'm just focused on helping our team, Red Deer, get back into our playoff series with Medicine Hat. We're down 2-0 in the series (while being outscored, 14-1) with Games 3 and 4 set for Tuesday and Wednesday.

How can we get back into this series? I think our special teams need to get better. They have quite a few goals on their power-play and we haven't been able to capitalize on our power-play so we need to improve on our special teams and try getting those pucks to the net and get in front of the net and really work hard to get the rebounds.

Hopefully, I can celebrate my birthday with a team victory. (Nugent-Hopkins turns 18 on Tuesday, April 12)

Well, that's it for now. I can't believe when my next blog goes up in May, the Draft will be one month away -- time flies.