Last night, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins signed a 3 year entry level contract with the Edmonton Oilers. The 1st over-all pick for 2011 will be earning a maximum $925,000 plus bonuses and the young man from Burnaby BC couldn't be happier with the contract.
"I was very excited when I got that call. Nugent-Hopkins told the Edmonton Sun. "It's pretty incredible and I can just focus on just the hockey part now. I'll train hard this summer, put on a few more pounds and get back on the ice."
Edmonton Oilers GM, Steve Tambellini is looking forward to see Nugent-Hopkins step on the ice tomorrow for the Oilers Development Camp in Sherwood Park Alberta.
Tambellini has made it quite clear that the Oilers will not rush the rookie into the pros. In fact, the focus for Nugent-Hopkins is for him to bulk up but also prepare for the Canadian Juniors Camp this year.
"We know what kind of player he is and what he's going to be, but I don't think people know how quality of a person he is. He's a respectful young man that respects the game and he has an incredible amount of respect for the Edmonton Oilers and I look forward to working with him for many years." said Tambellini
"There is no rush with this player. He's going to have an incredibly busy summer here. We have some time to figure that out. I just want him to relax and prepare."