The NHL is officially entering its inaugural season, and one of its newest stars is joining the ranks of its elite.
After joining the Edmonton Oilers in late January, captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is set to make the jump from the American Hockey League to the National Hockey League, the league announced on Tuesday.
Nugent-Hoppkins will be the youngest player in NHL history to make an appearance in the NHL’s first season.
The 20-year-old was named to the first line with Nugent and centre Alex Goligoski during the Oilers’ victory over the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the playoffs on Thursday.
Nuggets forward Jakob Chychrun and forward Alex Burrows were also named to that line, along with forwards Dylan Larkin and David Perron.
Nashville centre Dylan Strome was not named to his own line, but the Oilers will be without two of their best forwards, both of whom are sidelined due to injury.
Nuggent-Hayes joins a line that has notched at least nine goals and 11 assists in its first 13 games.
The two-time Hart Trophy winner and five-time NHL First-Team All-Star has scored at least seven goals in five straight games, tied with Wayne Gretzky for the longest such streak in the game.
Nougent-Tate has been the team’s captain for five of the Oilers current seven playoff games.
He also has a plus-5 rating and eight goals and 16 assists in the past five games.