It's a trait typical of great players.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was practically invisible for two periods Saturday in the national junior team intra-squad game at Rexall Place.

But with the game in the balance, the first overall pick in this summer's NHL Entry draft, scored the tying goal then netted the winner in dramatic fashion.

Overall, it was an impressive way for Nugent-Hopkins to endear himself to local hockey fans who hope he is able to do the same for the Edmonton Oilers in the near future.

"He's a nifty little player, that was the first time I've actually seen him live," said Oilers winger Ryan Smyth, who acted as a guest coach Saturday. "It's nice to see what he brings to the table and what he does. He's patient. On that second goal, he had to pull it back, and I saw him pull it back and shoot it quick and he found the five-hole. You can't teach that, so it was nice to see for his sake.

"He's trying to obviously make an impression for Team Canada and up here in Edmonton. I thought he had a really good game."

Nugent-Hopkins couldn't repeat the heroics Sunday night in Fort McMurray, as his Team White fell 8-2 to Team Red. Jonathan Huberdeau and Mark Stone each with a pair, Ryan Johansen, Michael Bournival, Patrick Holland and Michael Sgarbossa scored for Team Red, while Matthew Petgrave and Phillip Danault countered for Team White.

Yet, Nugent-Hopkins' performance throughout the development camp should earn the Burnaby, B.C. native serious consideration for a roster spot come December.

That's if he isn't able to crack the Oilers roster this fall.

"It was a very competitive game and towards the end of the game, I felt like I had a really good chance to do something," Nugent-Hopkins said. "After the second period, I just had to relax a little bit and regroup. I still had 20 minutes to play and even when we were down 4-3, I had to try and find an extra gear and I thought our line did really well in the last couple of minutes."

The two goals showcased the skill Nugent-Hopkins possesses and the reason he was taken by the Oilers with the first overall pick.

On his first goal, Nugent-Hopkins picked up a loose puck in the slot, spun around and fired a backhand into the corner of the net past goaltender past Louis Domingue.

He scored the winner after collecting the puck at the top of the face-off circle and snapping a shot through Domingue's pads.