There was no basking in the spotlight for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Instead, the man-child of the hour was back at Rexall Place Sunday morning for an off-ice workout with the rest of the Edmonton Oilers.

He was determined to try to put his three-goal night behind him so he could focus on Monday's meeting with the Nashville Predators.

All Nugent-Hopkins has been guaranteed is a nine-game window to show he's ready to stick in the National Hockey League rather than return to the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League.