Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 10/28/11
Huzzah! Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is officially staying in the NHL beyond nine games with the Edmonton Oilers! This comes a complete shock given that (a) he is leading his team in scoring and (b) he flew with the team for Game No. 10 in Denver tonight and (c) his agent told Team 1260 in Edmonton on Friday that "if you look at Ryan's play or look at what the Oilers would describe as a body of work so far … he's their leading scorer. He's not going back to junior." Things were getting a little weird for The Nuge and the Oilers, who waited until game day against the Colorado Avalanche to make the call. Contrast that with the Avs revealing Gabriel Landeskog would stay earlier this week and the fanfare for Erik Gudbranson with the Florida Panthers (video celebration here), and many Oilers fans were like, "What's the holdup here?" This morning, his agent Rick Valette of Octagon told Nielsen and Chase on Team 1260 this was how he expected the process to play out: "Steve [Tambellini] and Kevin [L...
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