Simon Bennett speaks with Dan Tencer about Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

By , July 10, 2011 5:43 pm
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Today Dan Tencer did an interview with Oilers Fitness Consultant Simon Bennett about Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ physical development.

Here’s a quick but important quote from the article:

Bennett laughs that he was asked the same question, over and over and over again, by the Oilers management and scouting staff in the time leading up to the Entry Draft last month. He gave me the same explanation that he gave the club throughout the draft process: Nugent-Hopkins isn’t being drafted to be a body builder.

In other words, they don’t need the kid to excel at the bench press, they need him to excel in areas like balance, agility and explosiveness.

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