Found October 30, 2011 on Kukla's Korner:
I like to track the leaders for awards as the season progresses.  I think there is a clear top rookie at this point in the season.  It is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers.  He has nine points in ten games and is tied for the rookie led with Luke Adam of Buffalo.  Nugent-Hopkins leads his Oiler team in goals and is tied for the point lead with Jordan Eberle.  His +3 +/- rating is the second highest on his team.  Nugent-Hopkins was the top pick in the 2011 Entry Draft and is expected to be a big part of the Edmonton Oiler future.  However, there are reasons to doubt that Nugent-Hopkins is as good as his numbers show.  He may not be able to maintain this level of dominance over an entire season.  He has been a beneficiary of playing against a very poor calibre of opposition.  If he plays against top opposition, he will probably not be able to put up these numbers.  In fact a strong argument can be made that he shouldn’t be in the NHL this season. Continue reading "Ear...
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