Get a place, kid.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins took the decision out of management's hands on Saturday night at Rexall Place.

On a Hockey Night In Canada centre stage against the Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks, the 18-year-old rookie guaranteed he'll spend the season with the Edmonton Oilers, scoring his second, third and fourth goals of the season in a history-making natural hat-trick performance.

The team still needs work, though, losing 4-3, but Nugent-Hopkins ended the junior debate.

"It definitely is exciting," said the 2011 first pick overall, who has sniped four of Edmonton's five goals on the season.