Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/3/11
The top pick in this summer's draft will begin his season in the NHL.

The Edmonton Oilers have told forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins he has made the team and will be in the lineup for their season opener Sunday night against the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.

The 18-year-old was sensational with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League last season, scoring 31 goals and adding 75 assists in 69 games.

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.
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