Apart from the fact that teenager Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has to look the part of an NHLer when he goes on the road now, there's the matter of pocket money.

"I got $80 every two weeks when I played in Red Deer. I think per diem in the NHL is $98 a day. I don't think I've touched much of that yet," said the 18-year-old Edmonton Oilers centre.

Nugent-Hopkins gets more money for dinner and cabs in the National Hockey League than he got paid to play with the junior Rebels as one of the Western Hockey League's marquee draws, and the buses go from the hotel to the rink, not down the highway to Prince Albert, Sask., or Cranbrook, B.C., in the dead of winter.