The Edmonton Oilers are cautious about anointing Ryan Nugent-Hopkins the next Great One. But as the season goes along and the rookie continues to dazzle, it's getting harder and harder not to make a comparison. On Friday, Nugent-Hopkins was outstanding as the Oilers skated to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. And that was before he picked up a pair of assists on Gretzkyesque passes in the second period. "He's incredibly impressive. I know for myself being in this league at 18 how tough it was night in and night out being able to produce," said Sam Gagner, outstanding in his own right with a pair of goals and an assist. "I think when he came in here, you didn't know what to expect, but he's got great vision and he's got great skills. "To produce consistently is hard to do in this league. It's pretty impressive and hopefully we can help him continue to do that and get some wins here." With the two assists, Nugent-Hopkins increased his team-leading point total to 32 on the season. He also extended his point streak to six games and helped the Oilers snap a two-game losing skid. Nugent-Hopkins didn't do it all on his own, he had plenty of help from his supporting cast as the Oilers closed out their six-game homestand in style.
Gagner pots two in Oilers win
Edmonton Sun | Dec 10