It was a line which looked, only moments after it came together, like it could live happily ever after.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins made magic with Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle as coach Tom Renney decided to go forward to the future and the kid basically served notice he's not going to be easy to ship back to his past.

Forget about it Red Deer? Play on Rebels? You've seen the last of the No. 1 pick in the NHL Entry Draft?

How do you send the kid back to junior after that performance?

He may be slight, but his sleight of hand looked at least a little like another skinny guy about his age way back when as RNH scored his first goal and set up two gorgeous goals by Hall who had one of his Mark Messier nights.