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Everyone's talking about Ryan Nugent-Hopkins since he accounted for all three of Edmonton's goals (and he even deserved two of them!) in a loss to Vancouver, recording his first career hat trick in just his third NHL game. The No. 1 pick in the draft, Nugent-Hopkins has four goals in three games and is in an amazing situation alongside Tyler Hall, Jordan Eberle, Magnus Paajarvi and the rest of the Oilers' absolutely sick young talent - the payoff from five straight years of being totally horrible. Those kids are going to keep on getting better and better, and if Devan Dubnyk can advance his game just a little, we just might have a playoff contender on our hands.
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