Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
26-Year-Old Left WingLW
Edmonton Oilers
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Nugent-Hopkins is primed for a breakout 2018-19 campaign. Had he played a full 82 games last season and not been bogged down by rib and lower-body injuries, the electrifying playmaker would've had no problem eclipsing his career high in points given that he accrued 24 goals and just as many helpers over 62 contests. Of course, playing alongside generational talent Connor McDavid certainly helped, and since he's projected to reprise that cushy assignment, RNH should remain a no-frills, set-and-forget fantasy opton. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $42 million extension with the Oilers in September of 2013.
Serves up pair of helpers
LWEdmonton Oilers
April 6, 2019
Nugent-Hopkins had two assists in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Flames.
ANALYSIS
The first-overall pick from 2011 ends the year with career highs in many categories -- he had 69 points, including 28 goals and 41 helpers in the best of his eight seasons in the league. His 25 power-play points were also a personal best, as were his 208 shots on goal. Nugent-Hopkins, who turns 26 years old on April 12, may not replicate the effort next season, but expectations will be higher for him after this campaign.
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2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    20:06
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:15
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:42
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2016–17
17:42
1:53
1:44
2017–18
18:05
1:58
1:37
2018–19
20:06
3:15
1:42
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Nugent-Hopkins had a mixed bag of a 2016-17 season -- he saw his role reduced as Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl held the top two center spots with iron grips, and he managed just 43 points, but the 2011 draft’s top pick was able to stay healthy for all 82 games and set a new career high in shots on goal (200) despite a decline in usage both at even strength and on the power play. While that improvement in efficiency is promising, Nuge remains stuck in the No. 3 center role, which limits his fantasy upside entering the 2017-18 campaign; it'll be hard for the 24-year-old to crack 50 points even if he continues enjoying second-unit power-play time. The fact of the matter is, he’s getting paid way too much money ($6 million a year) for the way the Oilers are using him, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him get shipped out of town in the next year or two if they can find a willing taker with a top-six role available.
Nugent-Hopkins already has three 50-point NHL seasons to his name at just 23 years of age, yet he’ll have to fight tooth and nail to win a top-six role over fellow young centers Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. A broken finger limited 2011’s first overall pick to just 55 games in 2015-16, but his 34 points in that span would’ve prorated to yet another 50-point campaign. However, he did see his shot rate fall – after averaging 2.49 shots per game the previous season, RNH wasn’t able to crack even the 2.00 mark last year. If the Oilers finally do make the leap into playoff contention, it’ll likely be in part because Nugent-Hopkins takes a leap of his own. If they don’t, expect yet another season of decent scoring and subpar plus-minus.
Nugent-Hopkins’ game will actually be helped, not hurt, by the arrival of Connor McDavid. Think of it as a 1A/1B situation, at least in the short term. The Oil can now effectively split up its top-heavy forward corps and work with pairs. RNH and Jordan Eberle are a natural fit, and so are McDavid and Taylor Hall. And the trio of RNH, Eberle, and Benoit Pouliot was especially impressive late in 2014-15. Nugent-Hopkins has finally started to fill out that slender frame, and that should help him navigate the rugged Western Conference a little easier. Consistent linemates in a more structured system could deliver career totals in goals and points. Add it all up, and you’ve finally got a guy who deserves to be drafted where he’s been picked in the past.
Nugent-Hopkins will anchor what could be one of the best young lines in hockey (RNH, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall) this season. That being said, RNH needs to not only stay healthy, but produce from the get-go if that line is to reach its full potential. Despite a wealth of talent, RNH still has yet to score more than 19 goals or record more than 56 points in a season. He won't be drafted among the top 10 centers, but he certainly has the upside to end up there eventually. Just not this year. Sixty points are possible, but a big jump in his production is more likely to come in 2015-16. And only you know where a 55- or 60-point center with a painful plus-minus fits in your format.
RNH was the top pick in the 2011 draft and has yet to fully live up to his billing. He underwent shoulder surgery in April and while he is expected to be 100% healthy prior to training camp, that's the kind of injury that could give fantasy players cause for concern. The good news is that Nugent-Hopkins plays on one of the better lines in the NHL and should produce good fantasy points just by osmosis. But he would benefit by being just a little more selfish and shooting the puck more rather than always trying to dish out helpers to his linemates, Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. He's not a true number one center yet, but there's still time for that. He'll have a good season and should take a step to the 65-point level.
The future is so bright for Nugent-Hopkins that he should wear shades. The top pick in the 2011 Entry Draft did not disappoint in his rookie season, scoring 18 goals and 52 points. RNH should only get better with experience and has plenty of offensive firepower to play alongside Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall, and possibly even the top overall pick from this season, Nail Yakupov. He is a player to target earlier, rather than later, in fantasy drafts as he will be one of the key players that will lead Edmonton back to respectability.
The first overall pick in this year's draft, Nugent-Hopkins has great vision and will be a tremendous playmaker in time. That time, however, may not be the beginning of this season as he is only 170 pounds and will need to beef up in order to take the pounding that comes along with playing in the NHL. He is a player to remember in dynasty leagues who will be playing on a line with Taylor Hall before long.
Agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level deal with the Oilers in July 2011.
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Posts hat trick
LWEdmonton Oilers
March 26, 2019
Nugent-Hopkins scored a hat trick, tallying two even-strength goals and another on the power play, in an 8-4 victory against the Kings on Tuesday.
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Finds twine on power play
LWEdmonton Oilers
March 17, 2019
Nugent-Hopkins scored his 23rd goal of the season while on a man advantage in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Golden Knights.
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Scores for new career high
LWEdmonton Oilers
March 8, 2019
Nugent-Hopkins scored during Thursday's 3-2 win over the Canucks for a new career high of 57 points.
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Apple taken away
LWEdmonton Oilers
February 26, 2019
Nugent-Hopkins was originally credited with a power-play assist in Monday's loss to the Predators, but the NHL made an official scoring change that took the point away.
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Matches career high in points
LWEdmonton Oilers
February 25, 2019
Nugent-Hopkins dished out a power-play assist in Monday's loss to the Predators.
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