Hopefully Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was so over the moon, so completely caught up in becoming the No. 1 pick in the NHL Entry Draft that he was barely cognizant of it all.

Ryan Smyth nudged The Nuge out of the news most of the day in Edmonton.

Nugent-Hopkins just became the No. 1 centre on the No. 1 line for Edmonton's second shot at having a great team. And another Ryan, at this stage of his career having no chance to be more than a feel-good story for a fan base which still loves the mullet man, was the talk of two towns to complete his career.

When it came to the big picture, something was taken away from the day — even Nugent-Hopkins's moment of moments in being selected No. 1 in the NHL Entry Draft.

G.M. Steve Tambellini had barely uttered the words about being "so proud to select, from the Red Deer Rebels …" when, sitting on the TSN set with the player who was wearing the vintage white Edmonton Oilers sweater which returns as the away jersey this year, he was asked about trading Gilbert Brule for Ryan Smyth.

Tambellini denied it had become official.

TSN switched to the floor and Darren Dreger emphasized that, yes, Smyth was coming back to the Oilers for Gilbert Brule and an Edmonton fourth-round draft pick.

Then it came the Oilers' turn to pick again, and when Tambellini sat with his No. 19 pick from Los Angeles in the Dustin Penner deal, another possible piece to the future in Swedish defenceman Oscar Klefbom, there was the Ryan Smyth question again.

No knock on TSN. It was news.

Between Edmonton picks Brule's girlfriend Kelsey Nichols tweeted "He's officially a King! Does that make me a Queen?"

She also tweeted "We will both miss #yeg."

So Edmonton fans, more than familiar with the frustrating communications with the hockey club in recent times, were left in limbo?