Life as he knows it is over.

The change started at last week's NHL entry draft when the Edmonton Oilers made Ryan Nugent-Hopkins the first overall pick.

It continued on Saturday when Nugent-Hopkins signed his three-year entry level contract.

"It does still seem a little surreal," said the Oilers' young star, who got another taste of his new fame when he returned to Red Deer following the draft.

"I only went out a few times this week, but I went to my girlfriend's cousin's lacrosse game and there were a lot of little kids that came up and wanted to talk to me. That was really cool. And we went out for dinner one night and a few people came up," Nugent-Hopkins said beforethrowing the ceremonial first pitch at Saturday's Edmonton Capitals baseball game at Telus Field.

He even squeezed in an autograph session before the Capitals wrapped up their North American Baseball League series against the Maui Na Koa Ikaika.

There will be many more changes for the 18-year-old centre, but first things first. On Monday, Nugent-Hopkins will join 30 other Oilers prospects at the team's annual development camp, which starts at 10 a.m. at Sherwood Park's Millennium Place.

He'll also attend Team Canada's world junior camp, which will also be held in Edmonton the first week of August, then take part in the Oilers' rookie camp in September.