What to you get when you have an Ebs, a Hallsy and a Nuge? The Edmonton Oilers KIDS Line of course! What a year it was for Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins! Enjoy X
The Kids Line keepin their eyes on the ice.
Every once and a while a few young kids come along and really shake up the game. Or a team. This year one of those occasions was the Edmonton Oilers and what became known as simply "The KIDS Line." The line includes Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. If you combine their ages they equal 62!! The average age is 20.6 between them. One still can't legally have a beer in most US states, he actually couldn't have a beer in most Canadians provinces till after this season ended. Eberle plays right wing, Hall plays left wing and Nugent-Hopkins plays center. Between the 3 of them last season in a combined total they got 181 points. 79 goals and 102 assists. Neither one of these guys played all 82 games last season. Eberle played 78, Hall 61 and Nugent-Hopkins 62. 201 games between them and 181 points! Not to shabby for 3 young guys who only have 5 years of NHL experience between the 3 of them. Let's take a closer look at Hallsy, Ebs and Nuge as they are affectionately called by teammates.
#14 scoring a tying goal!
Jordan Eberle the veteran Oiler on the Kids line is 22 years old. Born on May 15th 1990 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Eberle was drafted by Edmonton in 2008 in the 1st round, 22nd overall. He wears the #14, stands 5'11" (he credits his Mum for his height) and weights 184 pounds. Eberle shoots left and has scored 52 goals at the NHL level and assisted 67 others. Even if you aren't an Oiler fan you can't get away from Jordan Eberle. He has represented his country Canada at numerous international hockey tournaments. Eberle won Gold in 2009 and Silver in 2010 at the World Junior Championships, Gold at the IIHF World U18 Championships in 2008 and Bronze at Canada's Winter Games in 2007 when he competed for Alberta. Ladies, the one and only Jordan Eberle. Below I have included a few Eberle moments. Apparently he likes to score with .5 left on the clock and is a nightmare in the shootout!
Hallsy lookin handsome in the Team Canada jersey!
Taylor Hall may be the middle child of the line but I don't sense any weird cries for attention. Born November 14th 1991 in Calgary, Alberta. Hall wears the #4 stands 6'1 and weights 194. He shoots left and has recorded 49 goals and 46 assists in 126 games between 2 season with the Edmonton Oilers. After being drafted 1st overall by the Edmonton Oilers in 2010, Hall has proved his weight in gold. Like his buddy Eberle, Hall has also put on the wonderful Team Canada jersey at numerous international tournaments. In 2008 alone Hall won Gold at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge, Gold again at the IIHF World U18 Championships and Gold again at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. And finally in 2010 Hall won Silver with Team Canada at the IIHF World U20 Championships. May I introduce the one and only Taylor Hall! Below I have included video of Hallsy 1st career hat trick and a natural one at that plus his buddy Eberle scored a tying goal for Team Canada while Hall was on the ice. What Fun!
Fun and Games representing Canada!
Our 3rd and final Kid is truly a kid. When most 18 year olds are drafted they play in the preseason but are sent down to the AHL for a year or two to fine tune their skills. Or if they stay at the NHL level their minutes are few and they don't make headlines or break records. Not the case for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins who in his Rookie year broke a Wayne Gretzky Record plus made headlines in papers and highlights on TV. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was born on April 12th 1993 in Burnaby, British Columbia. He wears #93, stands 6'1" and weights 175 pounds. Drafted by the Edmonton Oilers 1st overall in the 2011 draft, Nugent-Hopkins is worth his weight in gold just like Eberle and Hall. With 18 goals and 34 assists in 62 games the Nuge is up for Rookie of the Year award at the NHL awards. Also having represented his country wearing the famous Team Canada jersey Nuge won Gold at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2010 and also played in the IIHF World championships this year where Canada didn't get on the podium. Nuge's 1st goal in the NHL in his 1st game on October 9th 2011 against the Pittsburgh Penguins and it was the tying goal at that and Edmonton won in a shootout. His 1st career hat trick came on October 15th 2011 against the Vancoouver Canucks a team Nuge grew up watching in Burnaby. The Oilers didn't end up beating the Canucks that night but Nugent-Hopkins did SMASH a nearly 32 year old record!! And not only did he break a record he broke a Gretzky record! Ryan Nugent-Hopkins recorded his first career hat trick in only his 3rd NHL game. It took Gretzky 50 NHL games and until February 1st 1980 to get his 1st career hat trick. But hockey records can be tricky. Although Nuge broke a Gretzky record he is not the youngest NHL to ever record a hat trick. Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins recorded his 1st NHL hat trick when he was 18 years and 153 days. Nuge was 18 years and 187 days when he got his. Ladies...the Rookie Sensation from the Kids Line Ryan Nugent-Hopkins!
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