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Former No. 1 pick expects to play in WJC

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08:20 AM ET 12.03 | As with the previous lockout, this year's IIHF World Junior Championship will be a deep one. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins' name will be on Hockey Canada's selection camp list Monday, and barring injury the Edmonton Oilers centre will play for Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship in Russia. "He told me late Friday night, 'I want to play for my country. I just want to play in that tournament,'" Nugent-Hopkins' agent Rick Valette told Sportsnet.ca on Sunday morning. "He wants to win a gold medal. My instincts tell me that he'll play." On Sunday Nugent-Hopkins was on his way up to Edmonton from Oklahoma City, where he is spending the lockout with the Oilers' American Hockey League farm team.

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December 3, 2012  09:04 AM ET

I love reading agents' quotes. They're as sincere as political speeches.

December 3, 2012  09:13 AM ET

True. I've recorded a lot of 'em from the campaign just finished down here. They work better than laxatives to keep you "regular".

December 3, 2012  09:21 AM ET

RNH has a sore shoulder already.....wonder what Kuhvin and Steve think of this WJC idea ?

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December 3, 2012  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

RNH has a sore shoulder already.....wonder what Kuhvin and Steve think of this WJC idea ?

The boys don't think they only react when they see shiny objects.

December 3, 2012  10:15 AM ET
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The boys don't think they only react when they see shiny objects.

Blonde kids? :)

December 3, 2012  10:24 AM ET
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The boys don't think they only react when they see shiny objects.

LMAO - At least they have a strategy unlike a certain unnamed Canadian team.

December 3, 2012  10:25 AM ET
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Blonde kids? :)

Hair jokes? Really Slappy? ;-)

December 3, 2012  11:51 AM ET
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I dunno. I think he's trade bait to be honest, so I'm guessing they wanna keep him nice and healthy.

What ? You seriously think the Oilers would trade this kid ? No chance . If they somehow did lose their marbles and move him , Calgary would be more then happy to have him.

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December 3, 2012  01:33 PM ET
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This kid will be the MVP IMO...Mackinnon will be a treat to watch to watch as well...same with Subban and Hamilton......GO CANADA GO!!!!!!!!

Canada has been good enough to win the last 3 years. Our weak link has been in net each time. If we fix that this year , we will have a solid shot.

December 3, 2012  02:03 PM ET
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I dunno. I think he's trade bait to be honest, so I'm guessing they wanna keep him nice and healthy.

Why would you think that? I can't imagine any team giving up what they would have to in order to get him.

December 3, 2012  02:17 PM ET
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LMAO - At least they have a strategy unlike a certain unnamed Canadian team.

You are right. At least the Oilers no how to end up last and pick first . The Leafs can't even get that right.

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December 3, 2012  02:40 PM ET

And the Canuckleheads have named their WJC camp roster...

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December 3, 2012  03:40 PM ET
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Why would you think that? I can't imagine any team giving up what they would have to in order to get him.

nor why the Oil would ever cough up a guy with so much talent and so much future.

December 3, 2012  04:50 PM ET
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Blonde kids? :)

Tambellini and Lowe aren't blondes but you can bet their mothers are.:-)

December 3, 2012  04:56 PM ET
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Canada has been good enough to win the last 3 years. Our weak link has been in net each time. If we fix that this year , we will have a solid shot.

Right you are, goaltending has been the issue. Subban seems to be the front runner but who ever it is lets hope the kid plays well

 
December 3, 2012  05:00 PM ET
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nor why the Oil would ever cough up a guy with so much talent and so much future.

My guess would be the phone wouldn't be answered if it was a call about a trade for Hopkins.

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