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Edmonton Oilers player review and 2023-24 preview: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

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Photo credit:Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Zach Laing
6 months ago
Welcome to the 2022-23 season review and 2023-24 season preview player-by-player! In this and other articles, we’ll be, well, reviewing the 2022-23 season of Edmonton Oilers players and previewing their 2023-24 season. You can read about the analytics behind my analysis here.
Welcome back, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
5×5NHL GPTOI + TOI/GPG – A – PCFCACF%SCFSCASCF%GFGAGF%xGFxGAxGF%PDO
Individual821093.2323-16-39103196351.7155148853.03635055.7552.3846.7252.861.02
Per/6013.331.16-0.93-2.0956.5852.8530.2426.783.462.742.872.56
Per/60, RelTm%-1.84-0.02-0.78-1.2-0.32-0.680.760.263.72-0.10.01-1.01
The Nuge’s 2022-23 campaign was, in fact, huge. Career highs nearly across the board as the longest-serving Edmonton Oiler showed incredibly well in nearly every facet of the game and it’s pretty easy to call it a career year.
He pushed the pace of play offensively, was a vacuum defensively and was incredible on the Oilers’ record-setting power play. While his penalty kill numbers weren’t great in any sense of the term, the team’s penalty kill as a whole wasn’t great, so not too much fault can be placed at his feet.
The biggest question now is how does he respond and is he able to return with another 100-point season? With the roster the Oilers have and the fact he’ll be on the power play again, I’m not going to bet against it from happening. In the same breath, last year was a statistical anomaly of sorts for Nugent-Hopkins, and the smart money says the outlier seasons like last are typically difficult to repeat, especially for a player hitting 30-years-old.
At the end of the day, a 70-point season over 82 games would be most excellent for the lifer.

NUGENT-HOPKINS’ CAREER SO FAR

Regular SeasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLgeGPGAPtsPIM+/-GPGAPtsPIM
2008-09Red Deer RebelsWHL52460-6
2009-10Red Deer RebelsWHL6724416528-440220
2010-11Red Deer RebelsWHL6931751065129947116
2011-12Edmonton OilersNHL6218345216-2
2012-13Oklahoma City BaronsAHL198122067
2012-13Edmonton OilersNHL404202483
2013-14Edmonton OilersNHL8019375626-12
2014-15Edmonton OilersNHL7624325625-12
2015-16Edmonton OilersNHL5512223418-9
2016-17Edmonton OilersNHL8218254329-10130442
2017-18Edmonton OilersNHL622424482010
2018-19Edmonton OilersNHL8228416926-13
2019-20Edmonton OilersNHL6522396133142680
2020-21Edmonton OilersNHL5216193522-441120
2021-22Edmonton OilersNHL6311395016316681414
2022-23Edmonton OilersNHL823767104351212110114
NHL Totals
8012333996322744910293920

Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.

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