Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has earned himself an extended stay with the Edmonton Oilers.
The Oilers announced Friday that Nugent-Hopkins will not be heading back to juniors.
The top overall pick in this year's NHL draft, Nugent-Hopkins will skate in his 10th game of the season when Edmonton takes on the Colorado Avalanche on Friday night.
That automatically triggers the first season of his three-year entry-level contract.
The 18-year-old Nugent-Hopkins has lived up to his early promise with five goals and four assists that has him tied for the team lead with nine points.
Nugent-Hopkins is the second No. 1 pick in as many years to stick with the Oilers. Taylor Hall made the opening-night roster in 2010-11 and finished with 22 goals and 20 assists in 65 games.