Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has a “Beatlemania” buzz going on in the city of Edmonton right now. At 7:30 tonight the Edmonton Oil Kings will play Red Deer (in RD) in game one of the WHL first round series. The game is on Shaw cable 10.
All eyes will be on the Nuge. He is among the very best prospects eligible for the 2011 entry draft and should have a strong series (and playoff run) for the Rebels.
Nothing has been decided in regard to the top pick this winter. I think the playoffs will be huge for the young men slated to go in lottery positions.
Adam Larsson has already impressed with big minutes in Timra. They won the first round and are on to round two (although Larsson has recently been injured). Nugent-Hopkins, Gabriel Landeskog, Sean Couturier, Ryan Strome and Dougie Hamilton all have a chance to impact their final draft number with impressive showings in the post-season.