GDB -5.0: Nugent-Hopkins makes preseason debut

Jason Gregor
September 30 2016 01:06PM



Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play his first preseason game tonight. He joined the Oilers on Tuesday after a five day break after playing six games at the World Cup. He feels stronger and quicker than last season and he's looking forward to regaining the form he had in 2014 and 2015.

After back-to-back 56 points seasons, Nugent-Hopkins' totals dipped to 34 last season. He only played 55 games due to injuries, but after a great first 13 games, RNH struggled mightily before breaking his hand in Florida on January 18th.

He had five goals and 11 points in his first 13 games. He was playing great, but then Connor McDavid got injured and Taylor Hall moved to a line with Leon Draisait, and RNH only scored three goals in his next 33 games before being injured in Florida.

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Highlights from the Waiver Wire, 9/30/2016 Edition

Jonathan Willis
September 30 2016 01:00PM


Everybody loves the idea of getting something for nothing, and the NHL equivalent is the waiver wire. Friday marks the first time in the 2016-17 season that we’ve seen substantial activity, and while it’s unlikely that we’ll see a claim – most teams are busy figuring out how to deal with their own waiver issues – there are a few names worth highlighting.

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Adam Larsson: Defensive stalwart

Jason Gregor
September 30 2016 07:00AM

Adam Larsson was drafted fourth overall in 2011. He played 65 games with the Devils as an 18-year-old rookie in 2011/2012. He then split the next two season between the AHL (66 games) and the NHL (63 games), before becoming an NHL regular again the past two seasons.

The Oilers acquired him this summer in exchange for Taylor Hall. General Manager Peter Chiarelli made the deal because he felt the Oilers needed a legitimate right-shot defender. Larsson is a proven defender. He's played tough minutes the past two seasons and done well. He arrived in Edmonton in late August to find a place, get comfortable with the city and to get acquainted with his new teammates.

I sat down with Larsson earlier this week to find out a little more about him. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
September 30 2016 05:00AM

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Jacob Trouba no shows at Jets camp, Babcock for coach of the year, a look back at Canucks draft picks and the season ahead, will Edmonton send Puljujarvi to the AHL, the Gaudreau dilemma in Calgary continues, every team kicks tires on Trouba, fantasy hockey, cherish your father and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by Violent Gentlemen.

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POSTGAME: Europe puts up a good fight, but Canada comes out on top

Jeff Veillette
September 29 2016 11:56PM

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Nobody expected Team Europe to get as far as they did. Pockets of players had played together before, on their own international teams, on professional teams, but there was never much of a chemistry building period for this group. That didn't matter, though, as they took a shorter warm-up camp than most, with a rougher start than all, and turned it into a Cinderella run all the way to the World Cup of Hockey Final.

There wasn't much of a shot given to them there, either. Nobody thought they stood a chance against Canada, the odds-on favourite from start to finish. To the surprise of many, they put up a very good fight. Ultimately, though, the Red and White hockey giant proved just too powerful to break through, even for a game.

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