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Nugent-Hopkins questionable (shoulder) for World Junior Championship

Dec 4, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will spend a week strengthening his shoulder in Edmonton before deciding on his status for the upcoming World Junior Championship in Russia.

It’s not clear what exactly is wrong with the 19-year-old’s shoulder. He had it examined Monday, but the Oilers say they can’t comment, citing the lockout.

Nugent-Hopkins has played 19 games for the Oilers’ AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City during the NHL lockout.

The first overall pick in the 2011 draft has never participated in the world juniors; he was a late cut by Team Canada in 2010 and was in the NHL last year.

Related: Nugent-Hopkins, MacKinnon notable Team Canada junior camp invitees

  1. nyrnashty - Dec 4, 2012 at 6:19 PM

    Honestly, I don’t think he should be allowed to play. He has too many NHL games under his belt and that goes for anyone else who has played in the NHL for more than a handful of games at that age. Personally I really like him, so it has nothing to do with him, but more about the competitive balance of the tournament. Why should the other teams bother showing up haha? I really like watching this tournament for talent that I haven’t seen yet since I live in the U.S. and don’t get to watch many CHL games. I really don’t care what country wins it, just as long as I get to see good prospects from all countries that I haven’t seen much of. If RNH plays I expect him to score 15-20 goals in the tournament. He’s just to good for that tournament. When the U.S. won in 2010 it was a shrug of the shoulders for me! No one really cares here, or even knows that there’s such a great tournament going on right after Christmas. PS F Carlson he’s a good young D, but hate the Caps.

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