Five goals in eight games, leads the team in scoring, out there late in the third period of a one-goal game against the Sedins … and reporters are STILL asking if Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is going back to Red Deer.

What's the next question? Is Taylor Hall going down to Oklahoma City?

Anybody wondering why the Oilers haven't made an official announcement hasn't been watching the games because Nugent-Hopkins has been announcing it himself every time he steps on the ice.

Tom Renney has seen enough of his 18-year-old rookie, who hits the nine-game mark Thursday against Washington and will board a plane to Denver for his 10th on Friday against the Avalanche, to know he can line him up against anybody.