Having been one of the final cuts last year, it's likely Ryan Nugent-Hopkins would be a big part of Canada's world junior entry this winter.

However, the first overall pick in June's NHL Entry draft has his sights set on a bigger target.

With no disrespect to the national junior program, Nugent-Hopkins would prefer to be playing in the NHL with the Edmonton Oilers while the World Junior Championships are taking place.

"My main focus right now is on making the Oilers," said Nugent-Hopkins, who is one of 47 players taking part in the national junior development camp at Rexall Place. "But if I do go back to junior and get the chance to play with the world junior team, that would be alright, too."

Since being selected first overall by the Oilers in June, Nugent-Hopkins' focus has been squarely on getting bigger and preparing to attend his first NHL camp this September.

Nugent-Hopkins has put on 10 pounds since his season with the Red Deer Rebels came to an end this spring.

And while the Oilers have high hopes for their top pick, they will not rush him into the NHL if indications are another year of junior hockey is best for his development.

"I don't know if he'll be available for us, I hope he is, but that will be up to the Oilers at that point," said Hockey Canada's head scout Kevin Prendergast. "He certainly has a lot of talent, but that's a big jump from junior to the NHL."

Regardless, having gone through the Team Canada selection process before, Nugent-Hopkins is quite comfortable skating with the top junior-aged players in the country.

Even if he doesn't get an opportunity to play in the world junior tournament this year, the summer development camp will still be beneficial for him heading into Oilers rookie camp in the fall.