The label is mighty new, but Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is settling into his role as a No. 1 pick. He's already lost count of how many times he's declared that he is going to do everything he can to make the Edmonton Oilers club this season.

He has had a chance to skate with several of the veterans — one of his "welcome to the NHL" moments — and now he is about to take centre stage at the Young Stars Tournament, which gets underway Sunday in Penticton and wraps up on Thursday.

It is the next step for the next one who is expected to help alter the course of the Oilers, a team that has finished 30th in the past two seasons.

"I'm going to do everything I can to stand out as much as I can, but I am just going to go and play my game," he said.

Nugent-Hopkins was one of 30 prospects who rolled into Rexall Place on Friday to undergo eye exams, dental checkups, baseline concussion tests and a battery of fitness drills before the team made its way to B.C. for a tournament now its second season.