More honours for Nugent-Hopkins
For the second time this season, Burnaby's Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been named the Western Hockey League's Player of the Week.
Nugent-Hopkins scored five goals and added seven assists, leading the Red Deer Rebels to three wins and an overtime loss last week. He's now ranked fourth among all WHL scorers with 102 points in 67 games.
And his scoring exploits haven't gone unnoticed by his peers. According to a poll conducted by the Brandon Wheat Kings' radio broadcaster Bruce Luebke of the league's Eastern Conference players, coaches and general managers, Nugent-Hopkins is considered the second-best pro prospect behind Brayden Schenn of the Saskatoon Blades. He's also tied for third with the Moose Jaw Warriors' Quinton Howden in the best skater category, and he's among the WHL's top three most-respected players, behind Schenn and Cody Eakin of the Kootenay Ice.
Nugent-Hopkins is expected to be a top pick in this June's NHL entry draft.