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More excitement for Nugent-Hopkins: He’s the NHL Rookie of the Month

2011 NHL Entry Draft - Portraits

ST PAUL, MN - JUNE 24: (EDITOR’S NOTE: This image has been digitally altered) First overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the Edmonton Oilers poses for a photo portrait during day one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft at Xcel Energy Center on June 24, 2011 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

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Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the 18-year-old who scored a goal in his first NHL game and led all rookies in scoring with 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 11 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for October.

Today has been a pretty “sick” day for RNH (do kids still say sick? I want to stay relevant.) In addition to edging out fellow rookies for the award -- Nashville’s Craig Smith (Nashville, 4G-5A-9PTS), Buffalo’s Luke Adam (3-6-10), Ottawa’s Colin Greening (4-4-8) and Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog (4-3-7) -- the Nuge is about to embark on his first professional road trip as the Oilers visit Los Angeles, Phoenix, Montreal, Boston, Detroit and Chicago over the next 12 days.

We look forward to hearing how the Chicago Hilton has the best pillows for making forts.