Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NHL draft, was among 34 players that participated in the Barons’ first practice Sunday morning at the Cox Convention Center.
During the NHL lockout, players with entry-level contracts like Nugent-Hopkins, one of the NHL’s top rookies last season, can play in the American Hockey League.
“It’s good to come down and keep playing and keep building relationships with some guys I played with quite a bit last year (in Edmonton),” said Nugent-Hopkins, who arrived in Oklahoma City Friday night.
“I haven’t seen too much, just been able to walk downtown. Everyone seems really nice. It’s cool having everything pretty close together. This is a great rink. I was almost a little surprised how nice the rink was and how big it was. I’m excited to get the season going.”