Eakins making use of Nugent-Hopkins can-do attitude

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins says if he's asked to play 20-plus minutes in a game again, he'll do it. (Codie...

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins says if he's asked to play 20-plus minutes in a game again, he'll do it. (Codie McLachlan, Edmonton Sun)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:48 PM ET

EDMONTON - Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is a bobblehead.

It’s not bad enough that he has a couple of cartoon-type nicknames in Hoppy and The Nuge, now his coach has gone and called him a bobblehead.

Quote-unquote.

“The thing I like about Nuge is that he’s a bobblehead,” said Dallas Eakins after practice Wednesday to prepare for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

“I ask him to do something and he nods his head,” explained Eakins.

“And not only does he nod his head but he goes out and does it.”

In Nugent-Hopkins’s first game back for shoulder surgery, Eakins asked him to play 28 minutes and 12 seconds. It was more than any player on either team.

“I don’t think I ever played 28 minutes before. I don’t remember that many minutes in junior. Maybe 25. But I have no idea. They never showed us our ice-time numbers,” he said of the Red Deer Rebels.

Eakins asked Nugent-Hopkins to play extra shifts.


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