The NHL’s 2019-20 season is on time out and Sophie Nugent-Hopkins mores than happy.
Why? Well, it does not harm that the golden retriever’s papa, Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, is home full- time.
“She’s the only one that’s probably happy that the little quirky things going on,” he stated on a video call with press reporters on Thursday. “She gets lots of intention and lots of walks right now so she’s been happy.”
It’s a minute of reprieve in what has actually been a turbulent time.
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Prior To games were held off back on March 12, the veteran of 9 seasons, who was mainly utilized as a winger this year, was on speed for a profession year with 61 points in 65 games.
” It does open a bit more offensively for you [moving over to the wing],” he stated. ” When you’re center you have actually constantly got to make certain you’re returning and playing deep in your own zone and you’re kind of capturing up to the rush . whereas a wing, you’re normally the one leading with the puck or a minimum of supporting the man who’s leading with the puck. As soon as we get it we have that offensive state of mind.
” It was absolutely a lot of enjoyable and I believe it did kind of open things more offensively for me.
With the likes of Nugent-Hopkins, Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and the addition of James Neal, Edmonton was likewise poised for its first postseason because 2017– and just the second look because2006
” Having fresh men in, who have actually used winning teams previously, I believe it kind of altered the mindset [in the room],” he kept in mind for an Oilers team second in the Pacific Division. “We had a lot of confidence in our group this year. . I think, for players like me who have been here for a long time it’s, it’s nice to have some fresh faces and some positive energy coming in after a couple off years.”
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The 2019-20 season has actually absolutely been a strong one for the Oilers. Now, the only concern is when– or if– their excellent season will be resumed. Many circumstances and timelines have actually been talked about, from ending up the routine season first to simply leaping right into the playoffs.
“At this point, it’s kind of hard to wrap your head around it,” Nugent-Hopkins stated. “We’re taking it week by week, almost day by day. We want to get back to playing. It’s just a matter of figuring out what this is all gonna look like in the next couple of months here so it’s tough to say how late we would play, but we want to get back to it. It’s definitely tough to speculate right now just based on it’s the start of April and that seems like a long way away right now, but kind of take it day by day, I guess.”