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Another look: McDavid and Nugent-Hopkins make magic

If there’s one thing Oilers fans have come from their captain it’s to expect it’s the unexpected. With blazing speed and hands to match, Connor McDavid is a threat every time he’s on the ice and that skill was on full display on the second-period assist on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ 17th goal of the season.

After Paul Carey scored to give the Oilers a 2-1 lead, Connor McDavid gave the young Rangers’ defence a taste of what he’s capable of as he combined superior puck skills with blazing speed out wide to set up Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on a tee. Once McDavid took Sekera’s breakout pass in flight, the only thing the Rangers could really do was hope that he made a mistake. Maybe next time.

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Before returning last night against the Rangers, Nugent-Hopkins had missed 18 games with cracked ribs and wasted no time in finding a way to contribute. Before being injured, RNH was on pace for a career year in almost every statistical category and, if last night’s game was any indication, he is looking to finish the season strong. For many Oilers fans, seeing McDavid and Nugent-Hopkins together on the same line would be at the top of their wishlist, yet it doesn’t seem to happen.

Do you think Mcdavid and RNH would be effective linemates? Why do you think won’t Todd McLellan try it for more than a second or two? Leave your feedback in the comments below.

    • Friesenhan

      Come on now, don’t make it sound like he has never tried putting McD and Drai together before-a move which many criticize.

      That being said, wow, right? Nuge is an incredibly cerebral player, and probably anticipates McDavid’s moves better than anyone. I get that we need to get Lucic going, but he’s a big boy, and should be able to do it just as easily on a 2nd line with Draisaitl. The sad part is, I don’t think we’ll see it any time soon, especially as long as TMac keeps babying Looch.

  • lee

    So much for the mantra that you have to earn your minutes on the team.
    What sort of lesson is TM showing the rest of the team, it’s not how you play, it’s who you are.
    Very old school and very TM.
    The team needs someone who will grow with them, TM is much to stuck in his ways to be that coach.

    • Dan 1919

      Same deal as not putting RNH on the power play earlier in the year when Drai was struggling. Not sure what they have against trying RNH with McDavid. Could the team be any worse?

  • Oilersandraptors

    I think either draisatil or nuge has to be on mcdavids wing and with nuge being the smaller body and with what I believe is a higher hockey IQ than Leon I believe that winger slot should go to Nuge. You saw a little last night of the potential they have. The problem with our team is we don’t have 1 death line for the opponents to worry about and it is about time we make that line

  • grumpyKoala

    Drai is our 10 next year 2ndC. He should stat there so we can start building his line properly. Nuge should be the one moving up and down the lineup, he smart enough to play with Connor or lead the 3rd according to circumstances.

    • Big Nuggets

      but at this point Nuge is still a better center than Drai. Not as much offensive ability I would argue more consistent in the role of center. Im still up for trying Nuge on the wing, especially with the season lost. But I’m not a proponent of force-feeding Drai the center position.

      • McRaj

        In which way. Drai has better face-offs, is bigger, better suited to face off against centers, and more flare offensively. Nuge may be the better Defensive player but overall Drai is a better C considering he is no liability defensively.

  • Kneedroptalbot

    Beautiful goal.. Just Electric.
    Then on the PP with 2 1/2 mins left in the game. Lucic goes on the ice and Nuge is off. No shots on the PP, a turnover by #27, and slow getting off. A too many men penalty. Lucic??