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Season over: Nugent-Hopkins to have shoulder surgery

Apr 21, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

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Oilers fans had an unwelcome surprise waiting for them today in the form of bad news for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

The Oilers reported Hopkins will be flying to Cleveland today to have his shoulder examined and that surgery will likely be needed to repair it, thus ending his season. Hopkins has the same injury teammate Taylor Hall had, a torn labrum, and it’s expected he’ll miss six months of action. That means he’ll miss out on training camp in September.

Shoulder problems are nothing new for Nugent-Hopkins. He’s had issues this year stretching back to last season when he initially hurt it. They came up again in December when there were questions about him playing in the World Junior Championships. This season he’s missed just three games but it’s clear the shoulder problems have been there stretching back to February.

Since the Oilers were hovering around the playoff race most this season, the question of whether or not to get his shoulder looked at when it was hurting two months ago may not have come up. Now that they’re set to miss the postseason again, questions will arise over why it wasn’t addressed sooner.

  1. packerswin96 - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Ruined my hockey pool by having such a crappy season too.

    • gospitfires - Apr 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      with all due respect, if you drafted RNH in anything earlier than the 50th overall pick, your prolly not much of a fantasy GM. He went in the 7th round of my 11 team league. dont reach on unproven injury prone (thus far) players and you will have more luck next season.

      • tastybasslines - Apr 22, 2013 at 1:08 PM

        Totally disagree.

        Although that I agree that over pick 50 was probably a good place to take him, fantasy glory is claimed by taking risks, and picking guys that could explode and I personally always draft for potential with these situations. I could have taken Hossa, or Thornton at 38 in my league, but I took RNH, because as a 1st line center with that kind of talent around him, he could have easily gone for 40 PPP this year at a point per game pace.

        It doesn’t always work out. FYI, I was 1st wire to wire and about to win my very competitive 12 man league.

        Want to win fantasy? Always draft for potential. How did RNH not have ridiculous potential this year?

  2. DTF31 - Apr 21, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Good thing the oilers waited so long to do something so blatantly obvious.

  3. ray2013 - Apr 22, 2013 at 4:44 AM

    Actually, it was reported on the radio in Edmonton that his injury dated back to his JUNIOR days and RNH was talking about how it’s been bugging him since then. It’s not like they were competing for a playoff spot last year; they finished 29th. Why did they wait so long for Hall (injured in junior) and RNH (injured in junior) before they decided to have surgery?

    Is the training staff that bad or incompetent that they would waste all of that time before dealing with it? “Hey this guy is a key player for us, let’s make sure we get him in the best health so he can focus on bringing his A game.” <— no one thought that?

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