Captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has skill, experience to lead Canada at world junior

Team Canada captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sits on the boards after posting for a team photo at the...

Team Canada captain Ryan Nugent-Hopkins sits on the boards after posting for a team photo at the MacPhail Centre in Calgary, Alta., Dec. 14, 2012. (LYLE ASPINALL/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:27 PM ET

CALGARY - The last time Ryan Nugent-Hopkins skated in an international competition he tied for Team Canada's goal-scoring lead.

That was at the 2012 IIHF World Hockey Championship.

No, there isn't a word missing in there.

Nugent-Hopkins will captain Canada's squad at the world junior tournament in Ufa, Russia. Although the 19-year-old doesn't have any prior experience playing in the annual event at this level, nobody is concerned he'll become a bundle of nerves on the big stage.


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