Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was chosen as the second last pick at the NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft, going to Team Foligno. He was selected there by a fan vote over Filip Forsberg. In an interesting twist, the last two players picked both got a free car, instead of only the last player as initially announced.
“I thought I had a good chance of going last. I said the one spot I didn’t want to go was second last because you wait the whole time and still don’t get a car but it worked out for me. It was a nice little surprise,” Nugent-Hopkins said after the event.
Nick Foligno, the captain of Team Foligno, was glad to have Nugent-Hopkins on his team.
“Great player. I was excited to get him. I’m glad the fans voted in my favour for it,” he said. “He’s an awesome player, really talented kid and young guy. Happy to see him get the car as well. I think he’s really going to enjoy his time here for sure.”
Foligno added he feels that Nugent-Hopkins has a lot more all-star games in his future.
As for the car, RNH said he hasn't yet decided who will get it.
“I’m still not sure. I’ll have to talk to them all, have a little group meeting and then find out,” he said. He also noted that he was glad to be wearing the black all-star jersey.
“I’m happy, personally, I like the black one a little bit more than the white one so it’s nice that I get to be repping that for the next few days. I think they went with something a little unique.”