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Win a Signed Hat from Edmonton Oilers First Overall Pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

June 27, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Just like last year, the Edmonton Oilers owned the first overall pick in last weekend’s 2011 NHL Draft. Just like last year, the team selected a young Canadian who promises to be one of the most collectible rookies in the league as soon as he hits the ice.

That ridiculously talented rookie this year is Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, an 18-year-old center who soon enough will team with Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle to form one of the most talented young teams in the NHL.

Just minutes after his name was called to drop the puck on the draft Friday night, Nugent-Hopkins stopped by the Panini America studio for his closeup. Well, for lots of closeups — most of which you’ll see in the can’t-miss gallery below. But know that we took advantage of our quality time with the rookie by acquiring far more than photos.

We also had him sign a hat that we’re going to give away to one lucky reader of The Knight’s Lance. All you have to do to be eligible to win is stroll through the Nugent-Hopkins gallery below as well as our other on-location posts from the 2011 NHL Draft and comment on some of your favorite images. That’s it.

Panini America on Location: Sights and Sounds from Day One at the 2011 NHL Draft
In Uniform: A Gallery of the First-Round Phenoms Selected in the 2011 NHL Draft

We’ll select one lucky commenter at random to win the hat. Four additional winners selected at random will receive autographed photos of 2010 rookies Tyler Seguin, the aforementioned Hall or Jamie McBain.

Enjoy this gallery and the others and be sure to comment on your favorite pics.

80 Comments leave one →
  1. Evan permalink
    June 28, 2011 7:15 am

    Too bad he couldnt wind up in NY. We need the help!

  2. Robert Steele permalink
    June 28, 2011 8:17 am

    N-H will be ok sharing the puck with all those other ‘stars’, but I got my eye on the Devils pick at 4. There are way too many scorers in the league and not enough of a premium on defense. I know it is unfair but looking at Larsson, he is a beast and if he comes anywhere close to Lidstrom his cards will be worth a premium plus he will produce right away. RNH will have to wait awhile before he really makes an impact.

  3. jeremy parker permalink
    June 28, 2011 9:58 am

    great looking stuff!

  4. Bruce Sims permalink
    June 28, 2011 12:49 pm

    tyler seguin is going to be the name we here a lot about for years to come! Panini has done a great job covering the draft and keeping us fans up to date! Thank everyone.

  5. June 28, 2011 1:16 pm

    sweet looking hat

  6. Jon C permalink
    June 28, 2011 4:16 pm

    Thank you Panini for giving us hockey people some love too!

  7. Matt Hall permalink
    June 28, 2011 5:55 pm

    Yes, this guy is sure to be a stud! Too bad he won’t be in Detroit with my Wings! Thanks for the contest!

  8. Andrew permalink
    June 29, 2011 9:48 am

    They are stacked. Can’t wait for next season!!

  9. Ken G permalink
    June 29, 2011 11:06 am

    You continue to be the industry leaders! Great stuff!

  10. paul Levasseur permalink
    June 29, 2011 2:44 pm

    I appréciate all the products of PANINI. I found a redeem card of Jeff Skinner (ROY) in Crown Royale, silhouette patch /25. This is my most beautifull card of my collection. I would like add to my collection the signed hat from Nugent-Hopkins 1ST pick of the draft…

    Paul Levasseur

  11. June 29, 2011 4:03 pm

    I always like to see this behind the scenes stuff. Keep up the great work!

  12. Joe Heydon permalink
    June 29, 2011 6:28 pm

    It was awesome to be at the Draft and see the players reactions. Great to see the pictures.

  13. Jeff K permalink
    June 29, 2011 10:59 pm

    Love all the pics with him pointing the stick and balancing pucks! Should definitely be exhibited in one of next years sets! Cant wait to see them!

  14. June 29, 2011 11:20 pm

    Great looking photo shoot. Panini has become one of the best at signing people. Making deals with Kobe, Kyrie, and so many big names. Won’t surprise me if Hopkins becomes a star.

  15. Thomas M permalink
    June 30, 2011 9:02 am

    That’s a great shoot. He seems so poised and comfortable with the camera. Can’t wait to see this kid out on the ice.

  16. Richard K permalink
    July 1, 2011 12:09 am

    Edmonton RNH was an awesome move!! Watched him live at an Oil Kings playoff game…he’s so super quick and stealthy.

  17. July 1, 2011 3:54 pm

    oiler fan for many a few hours away.
    would be nice to win.never won anything before.

  18. chad permalink
    July 2, 2011 12:54 pm

    did this end yet?

  19. Kevin C permalink
    July 4, 2011 2:25 am

    Great autograph inscription! I love the pose where the stick is wayyyy up close to the camera lens! Oilers are rebuilding to championship form!

  20. Chelsea C permalink
    July 4, 2011 11:21 am

    big TML fan here, so being able to see them in their future jersey and potential rookie card photoshoot is always a bonus! Thanks for all these behind the scenes photos!

  21. Ryan Chan permalink
    July 5, 2011 1:51 am

    Great draft coverage, a great look at what goes on behind the scenes. I enjoyed the picture with Mark Scheifele, getting the large NHL Shield jersey, now wouldn’t that make a special 1/1 card :)

  22. July 5, 2011 11:21 am

    RNH has the eyes of a champion.Thank you Panini America for being at the 2011 NHL Draft. I was born in Edmonton..Always a Oilers fan! Hopkins mania is heating up!..I will be looking out for Panini’s 2011-2012 NHL Trading cards..Thank you!

  23. July 7, 2011 4:26 pm

    Great contest!

  24. Oren V. permalink
    July 8, 2011 5:16 am

    The photographs that show the stick up close, yet with the player in the background really works as a way to provide a shot that is enhanced with depth, leaving no wasted space in the frame. Great pictures!

  25. Kevin K. permalink
    July 9, 2011 12:20 pm

    He will make more from his rookie signing bonus than I will in many years.;)

  26. Jeanette Jackson permalink
    July 19, 2011 7:08 pm

    I like the 2nd to last one the best…it looks like he’s ready to get a great shot on net

  27. Jason Woodruff permalink
    September 8, 2011 9:03 pm

    I hope he and Hall can grow in to a Gretzky-Messier type pair and lead the Oilers to many years of high level competition.


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