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One of those things is Nugent-Hopkins‘ faceoffs. At 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, he’s not physically imposing but is leaning on Belanger and veteran center Shawn Horcoff to round out his faceoff game.

“I was struggling with it at the start of the year. I really wanted to focus on that. I really wanted to work on that. At practice every day I’ll be out there doing that,” he said. “I feel like I’ve been getting more comfortable in the faceoff circle.”

His linemates have had no trouble feeling comfortable with him, either. And they can’t wait until it’s a done deal that he’s in an Oilers uniform all season.

“He’s played great — that goes without saying,” Hall said. “And for him to finally know and kind of sleep on it a little bit and realize he’s going to be here for the year will be relieving when it happens. We’re very happy to have him here.”