The team made five cuts, putting Gilbert Brule, Josh Green, Ryan Keller and Ryan O'Marra on waivers so they can be reassigned to the AHL while sending Teemu Hartikainen to AHL Oklahoma City outright. That leaves 27 players on the roster, including Nugent-Hopkins. Factor in multiple injuries and it looks as though RNH is going to at least get the first nine games of the season.
Taylor Hall, the No. 1 overall pick last summer played with the Oilers all season, but some wondered if Nugent-Hopkins was physically ready to play in the NHL this season. TPretty much the only concern scouts had about him centered around his size. At just 171 pounds, the question was could he sustain a season. He has since put more weight and will get his shot.
What Nugent-Hopkins brings to the Oilers is a true play-making center who is credited with having some of the best on-ice vision since Wayne Gretzky. Last season with Red Deer in the WHL, Nugent-Hopkins 75 assists (and 31 goals) in 69 games.
Among those the Oilers are sending down, Brule is the biggest name. Before suffering through an injury-plagued season last year, he was third on the Oilers in scoring two seasons ago. But he drew a lot of attention during the playoffs last year when he picked up a hitchhiking Bono from U2, who called Brule his hero.
(Bad joke alert!) Good thing for the Oilers Bono can't put a claim on him, because we know he'd pick Brule up.
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