While he wasn't an extremely active participant, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins remarked that he had a good time at his first-ever NHL All-Star Skills Competition.
“It was good. It was a lot of fun. I didn’t have too much going on out there so it was a lot of watching guys show off all their talents,” he said after the event.
When asked what his own personal highlight was, he talked about Shea Weber's 108 mile-per-hour slap shot which came after Weber missed the net at 101.
“It started off with the 101 that missed the net and kind of took people off guard there a little bit then came back with 108 so it was definitely a hard shot.”
Nugent-Hopkins added that his former World Junior Hockey Championship teammate Jonathan Drouin got the fastest time and he was happy for him.
“It was good seeing Drouin with the fastest skater time. He was flying there, too. It was fun to be a part of and fun to watch.”
Nugent-Hopkins did take part in the Skills Challenge Relay where he had to saucer the puck into four different nets. He nailed the first two nets before hitting the post on the third a few times.
“It was pretty tough. I think it was more of a mental game. On that third net for me, I started to miss a few then it got in my head a little bit. after that, though, it was a lot of fun. It’s something I’d like to try with nobody watching and no pressure.”