General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on a seven-year contract extension.
Nugent-Hopkins, 20, recorded 24 points (4G, 20A) in 40 games with the Oilers last season, as well as winning the Oilers Top Defensive Forward Award. He also registered 20 points (8G, 12A) in 19 games with the Oilers American Hockey League affiliate, the Oklahoma City Barons.
The 6’1”, 180 pound forward has spent two seasons with the Oilers, accumulating 76 points (22G, 54A) and 24 penalty minutes in 102 career NHL games, after the Oilers selected him in the 1st round, 1st overall in the 2011 NHL Draft.
Nugent-Hopkins had a stellar rookie campaign in 2011-12, finishing the season tied for first in NHL rookie scoring and third on team scoring with 52 points (18G, 34A) in 62 games. He was also named a finalist for the Calder Memorial Trophy and also won the team award for Top First Year Oiler.
The Burnaby, British Columbia native has represented his country several times internationally, most recently at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championship, where he served as Captain for Team Canada, posting 15 points (4G, 11A) in six games. He also participated in the 2012 World Hockey Championship and the 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.