Edmonton Oilers sign forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to 8-year extension

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EDMONTON — The Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to an eight-year extension with an average annual value of US$5.125 million.

Nugent-Hopkins' previous deal for seven years and $42 million expired after this season.

The native of Burnaby, B.C., had 16 goals and 19 assists in 52 games this year.

Nugent-Hopkins finished third on the Oilers in power-play goals (nine) and fourth in power-play points (20) this season.

He has finished in the top four on the team in both categories during each of the last four seasons.

The first overall pick by the Oilers in the 2011 NHL draft, Nugent-Hopkins has 478 points (185 goals and 293 assists) in 656 career games with Edmonton.

Nugent-Hopkins is 10th all-time in Oilers scoring.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 29, 2021.

The Canadian Press

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