The Saturday Sunshine has been bright and shining every week of the summer for almost two months. The tough season behind us has us looking forward to the reasons to be positive every week leading into the season. This week is no different with a baby we have watched grow up before our very eyes. So let us slip that crispy sweet theme song and allow that glow to bathe us in the glory that is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
From the day Ryan came up to the stage to join the Edmonton Oilers back in 2011 Oilers fans have loved the one we call NUUUUGE. He is the Oilers longest-tenured player and there is definitely a reason for that.
We all survived the scare of the year this year as the rumours circle that we may see a trade of RNH for some defensive help. There was also the injury to his ribs that we had to struggle through:
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In spite of it all, he ended up the third leading scorer on the Oilers last year and has been one of the most consistent players for the Oilers in his time with the team. You know exactly what you’re getting from the baby-faced killer the Nuge has become.
SeasonTeamLgeGPGAPtsPIM+/-GPGAPtsPIM
2008-09
WHL
5
2
4
6
0
-6
2009-10
WHL
67
24
41
65
28
-4
4
0
2
2
0
2010-11
WHL
69
31
75
106
51
29
9
4
7
11
6
2011-12
NHL
62
18
34
52
16
-2
2012-13
AHL
19
8
12
20
6
7
2012-13
NHL
40
4
20
24
8
3
2013-14
NHL
80
19
37
56
26
-12
2014-15
NHL
76
24
32
56
25
-12
2015-16
NHL
55
12
22
34
18
-9
2016-17
NHL
82
18
25
43
29
-10
13
0
4
4
2
2017-18
NHL
62
24
24
48
20
10
NHL Totals
457
119
194
313
142
13
0
4
4
2
That said, when he has been tasked with changing what role he has with the team, he has always done what is needed. Over his time with the Oil, RNH has seen a shift on the team from winger depth to centre depth with McDavid and Draisaitl. The team needed a skilled winger to give Connor someone to gel with and the Nuge was able to make that change late into the season last year.
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Joining Connor McDavid last year for the final 20 games or so, we saw the flashes of brilliance that leave us excited for more in the coming year should the McLellan blender leave it be for the start of the year. I believe that if we see the McNugeRattie combo for more than 50 games next year, we will have one of the top 5 lines in the league (which should go without saying having the best player on the planet on the line).
Also, lest we forget he’s a freaking Jedi…
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Off the ice the Nuge has inspired us to tears and smiles all over the place.
From his love of all things horse:
To his way with doggos:
He is a gem that Oilers fans hope is in the orange and blue until forever.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is definitely a positive.