The Edmonton Oilers have drafted Red Deer Rebels center, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins first overall. Nugent-Hopkins has established himself as the most skilled player in this years draft class, and will be the Oilers number one center of the future.
It’s hard not to have visions of quick rushes up the ice with Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle on either side of Nugent-Hopkins leading to a ton of offensive production that the Oilers have so sorely missed these last couple of years. The biggest knock on Nugent-Hopkins is his lack of size, at 6’1″, 170 pounds. But Nugent-Hopkins is still young and can easily fill into his frame as he matures. He’d likely spend at least one more year of time in Juniors, with the Rebels, to allow him to grow and continue to refine his game.
There’s no doubting that Nugent-Hopkins potential is enormous, with his vision being called the best since Wayne Gretzky. He’s an unbelievable skater, has outstanding puck control, a top play-maker, and even has a solid goal-scoring touch. He’s also an underrated defender, and plays a game that’s similar to Detroit Red Wings star, Pavel Datsyuk. If Nugent-Hopkins lives up to his potential, then the Oilers will truly be a dangerous offensive team for years to come, and will definitely possess the firepower to compete for a Stanley Cup in the very short future.