The Dump and Chase: Weight Watchers

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal wonders what the big deal is with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ weight. The first overall pick of the Edmonton Oilers possesses a rather slight frame, tipping the scales at around 175 pounds. Some outlets had his weight listed as low as 155 pounds a year ago, leading many to question whether or not he’ll have the size to bang with the big boys of the NHL.

RNH has reportedly been working hard this summer to beef up, but at what cost? Matheson notes a comment from one scout at Team Canada’s world junior development camp who thought that RNH’s extra weight may be causing the kid to look ‘sluggish’, and another Oilers skinny bones (Sam Gagner) compared getting used to some extra meat to skating with 10-pound vest.

The concern surrounding RNH’s weight may just be a by-product of the dead slow days of summer, although, the kid’s pipes do look like a couple of mosquito bites on strands of spaghetti. Another year in junior could be what’s best for the 18-year old. One more year to fine tune his skills and add some beef to his frame without trying to pile it on all at once may go a long way in the kid’s development, rather than forcing him to get knocked around by guys with nearly 100-pounds on him in another tough season in Edmonton.

Much ado about nothing? Probably. It’s the Oilers we’re talking about here, so it should be interesting to see how they handle RNH for the upcoming season.


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