The Nuge helps Khabibulin start up his car
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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Oilers sign Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to Entry Level Contract
According to Dean Millard of the Pipeline Show
, the Oilers have signed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to an ELC:
Kevin Lowe got the ball rolling by contacting the RNH camp and a contract was quickly worked out with Assistant G.M. Rick Olczyk. The pact will pay the first overall pick the maximum $925,000 and with bonuses could jump to $3.775 million. Some of the bonus triggers are goals, assists, points, points per game, ice time, plus/minus and various awards. Interestingly enough winning the Calder trophy is not an eligible bonus do to the current CBA.
The current leader is still Swedish defenseman Adam Larsson
Today Bob McKenzie released his draft rankings based on a survey of 10 hockey scouts. Here is a summary of the top ranked picks, as well as my quick take on the players as well.
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