Nugent-Hopkins shoulder seemed to be fine last night as he played 28+ minutes in his first action of the season.
RNH recorded six shots and had a power-play goal in the Oilers comeback win. After a successful rookie season, his sophomore year was nothing to write home about. One-goal in one-game is a solid way to start the season for the 2011 first overall pick.
Ryan Nugent Hopkins is expected make his season debut on Monday vs. the Devils.
Nugent-Hopkins is coming off of shoulder surgery in the offseason. He was expected to miss much more than just two games, but that does not appear to be the case. His return will certainly be a welcome sight to the Oilers, who are really thin down the middle right now.
The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to a seven-year contract extension worth $42 million US.
Nugent-Hopkins, 20, scored four goals and 24 points in 40 games last season before he was shut down in April to have season-ending shoulder surgery. As a rookie, the third-year NHLer recorded 18 goals and 52 points in 62 contests.
Rather than take any chances with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins’ surgically repaired shoulder, the Edmonton Oilers will not send their centre out for any pre-season games. That also puts into question his availability for the first month of the regular season.
Nugent-Hopkins had surgery in April to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder. General manager Craig MacTavish said on Sunday that the club is still following the initial timeline, which was a November 1 return. If Nugent-Hopkins isn’t ready for the opener, the Oilers will need to find another centre. MacTavish did not rule the possibility of Taylor Hall moving from the wing but said it would be a coaching decision.
RNH in middle with Smyth and Yakupov at OIL morning skate. Looks like RNH is in for Preds game.
RNH missed the Oilers last two games with strep throat, but he is ready to return tonight. After scoring 52 points in 62 games last season RNH has struggled this year only recording 11 points in his first 27 games.
Looks like RNH will also be put through the shift simulation test before practice...
Nugent-Hopkins drew in shortly after doing one of these simulations last time. At this point, it is only a matter of time until he draws in. Before getting hurt, RNH scored 13 goals and 35 points in his first 40 NHL games.