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Nugent-Hopkins (sore shoulder) out tonight, expected back Saturday

Feb 6, 2013, 2:08 PM EDT

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Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will miss tonight’s home game against Dallas with a sore shoulder.

Per Sportsnet’s Gene Principe, Nugent-Hopkins was hurt Monday in overtime versus Vancouver. The sore shoulder is not, however, the same shoulder that caused the 19-year-old trouble last season, according to coach Ralph Krueger.

One unidentified Oiler told Principe, “I know Nuge has been having some issues with his shoulders but it’s not serious.”

The news is sure to resurrect the topic of whether Nugent-Hopkins, who the Oilers list at 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, has the build to stay healthy in the NHL.

  1. davebabychreturns - Feb 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    So that’s what, his fourth shoulder injury in less than two full seasons?

    I hope Nugent-Hopkins is able to eventually put these types of injuries behind him and have a productive NHL career, but yeah I think questioning the Oilers’ decision to put him straight into the NHL against top defense pairings at 18 (and probably 170 lbs) is completely reasonable.

    • ray2013 - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:57 PM

      I have to agree with you 100%. It wasn’t like he was the missing piece to a Cup-winning team last year. And it’s not like if he played in Red Deer for another season that the Oilers were going to stop having sell-outs every night. They should have put the long-term ahead of the short-term.

  2. jeremyroenickdanceparty - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    Attention PHT writers: There is only one “The Nuge” and ain’t little Ryan.

  3. timsabourin - Feb 6, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    You know what I hear is good for shoulder pain?

  4. r4n6er - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    What happens when big men hit little men…

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