Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is starring for the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons during the NHL lockout, but he's also on Hockey Canada's radar.
Should the NHL lockout continue into December, Nugent-Hopkins could anchor the first line at Team Canada's world junior tournament selection camp Dec. 10-15 in Calgary to prepare for the event in Ufa, Russia. The camp roster will be named Dec. 3 and the 19-year-old Edmonton Oilers playmaker believes international exposure could accelerate his learning curve, just like it did for linemates Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall, who are also playing for the Barons during the lockout. "If it comes up, I'm definitely going to talk about it more," Nugent-Hopkins said. "Eberle had great success there and so did Taylor and they're two good guys to talk about that sort of thing. If I do get that opportunity, it's something I would take because it's always an honour to play for Canada."