Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is a center for the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. Nugent-Hopkins, selected first overall in the WHL's 2008 bantam draft, was named the league's top rookie in 2009-10 after posting 24 goals and 65 points in 67 games. He was named the top player for Team Orr at the 2011 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game on Jan. 19. Nugent-Hopkins, rated No. 1 among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting's final report, had 31 goals, 106 points and a plus-30 rating in 69 games for Red Deer this season en route to being named the Canadian Hockey League's 'Top Prospect'. He chipped in with 4 goals, 11 points and a plus-5 rating in nine playoff games. This is the final post of a monthly blog that Nugent-Hopkins offered to maintain this season.
Well, it's been an amazing week here in Minnesota, what more can I say. I thought I'd blog one more time to offer a little recap.
Ever since I got here (last Tuesday
) we had a ton of stuff going on just touring around Minnesota, and it was a lot of fun. Obviously, on Friday for the start of the draft, it was just an incredible moment.
Getting drafted first was an amazing feeling and waking up this morning, knowing I was going to Edmonton, was a great feeling. I still can't describe it.
I think going up on stage and shaking Commissioner Gary Bettman's hand first and him saying welcome to the NHL was a really cool moment. It's something to hear him say that. And just getting up there, putting the jersey on and putting the hat on, it's all a great experience.
Gabriel (Landeskog) congratulated me when I was drafted since we were sitting close to each other ... we're good friends now. Last night we talked for a while and it seems so surreal but I couldn't be happier.
When I heard Gabe's name being announced, I was ecstatic for him and I was actually was downstairs inside so I really didn't hear who went third. But I was hoping it was Jon (Huberdeau
) and when I found out it was, I was very happy for him. So it's great that those guys did so well too, and I guess I'll be playing against them one day.
To all the Edmonton Oilers
fans out there, I want you to know I look forward to being a part of the club and I just can't wait to get it started.