Colorado Avalanche: Raiding the Oilers Roster

Apr 11, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle (14) and forward Benoit Pouliot (67) celebrate forward Taylor Hall (4) goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (30) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 11, 2015; Vancouver, British Columbia, CAN; Edmonton Oilers forward Jordan Eberle (14) and forward Benoit Pouliot (67) celebrate forward Taylor Hall (4) goal against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller (30) during the second period at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
5 of 6
Next
Mar 30, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) skates past Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) during the third period at Pepsi Center. The Oilers won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 30, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (93) skates past Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) during the third period at Pepsi Center. The Oilers won 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports /

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Center

The Nuge, as he’s affectionately known in Edmonton, is wildly popular with the Oilers faithful, and with good reason. Despite being on the small side (6-foot, 189 pounds), Nugent-Hopkins has developed into a solid two-way centerman.

Live Feed

3 reasons the Avalanche won't win the Stanley Cup in 2024
3 reasons the Avalanche won't win the Stanley Cup in 2024 /

Puck Prose

  • Could Flames Goalie Dan Vladar Be A Trade Option for the Avalanche? Flame for Thought
  • Colorado Avalanche sign free agent Tomas Tatar to one year deal Puck Prose
  • The most important player to watch this season for the Avalanche Puck Prose
  • 2023 Central Division Preview Series: Colorado Avalanche Blackout Dallas
  • The Top 5 Centers in the NHL Today Might Not Be Who You Think Puck Prose
  • None of his numbers are spectacular, but none are bad either. His stats paint him as a below average NHL #1 center, which is not exactly a bad thing.

    But “wait”, you might be saying, “I thought Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was an offensive star like Hall or Eberle”. Wellllll, no, not really. His offensive production has actually been pretty steady his whole career, and that production is about 50-55 points per season.

    For comparison, his offensive production this season was on par with Carl Soderberg.

    The one place The Nuge excels is on the power play. On the man advantage he is one of the better players in the league, which may account for his reputation as an offensive dynamo.

    So do the Avs need such a player? No, not really. We already have a Carl Soderberg, and we’re already in a situation where one of our top centers probably needs to play wing.

    On top of that, the Oilers would very likely want a huge return for him. He is a #1 center after all. I say let the Oilers keep him. He’ll make a great #2 behind McDavid for years to come.

    Next: So is there a trade to be made here?