The fans have spoken. As part of the WHL’s 50th season celebrations, a panel selected the top 125 players in the league’s history. Fans then voted to select the top 50 all-time WHL players.
Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins comes in at number 40. Nugent-Hopkins spent two seasons in Red Deer with the Rebels, from 2009-2011. He was chosen first overall by the Rebels in the 2008 Bantam Draft. He then went on to record 177 points (57-120-177) in 141 regular season WHL games. He was a point-per-game player in the playoffs with 13 (4-9-13) in 13 games.
The Oilers selected Nugent-Hopkins first overall in the 2011 NHL Draft. The centre has 218 points (73-145) in 304 NHL games for Edmonton. The 22-year-old is out of the lineup with a long-term hand injury.