Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C EDM 3 months ago

Nugent-Hopkins (foot) has been ruled out from participating with Canada in the 2015 World Ice Hockey Championships in May.

The 22-year-old was optimistic earlier in the week that his fractured foot would heal up in time to have him available for the tournament, but after consulting with the Edmonton medical staff, he decided it was in his best interest to sit out. That certainly has to come as a relief to the Oilers' brass, who surely didn't want Nugent-Hopkins suffering a setback during the showcase that would impact his availability for training camp. With a full offseason to recover, Nugent-Hopkins should return to the team at full health next fall.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C EDM 3 months ago

Nugent-Hopkins revealed after Saturday's season finale that he cracked a bone in his foot when he he was struck by a puck in a March 30 game, Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal reports.

Nugent-Hopkins was forced to sit out the Oilers' final six games of the season with the injury, finishing out the campaign with 24 goals and 56 points over 76 contests. The 22-year-old is hopeful he'll be fully recovered from the injury in time to suit up for Canada in the 2015 World Ice Hockey Championships in May, and expects to receive a verdict from doctors on that front by the end of thew week. If Nugent-Hopkins is cleared to play, he would likely need to wear protection on his skate to prevent the fracture from worsening.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C EDM 3 months ago

Nugent-Hopkins (lower body) won't play Thursday versus the Sharks.

The decision doesn't come as much of a surprise after Nugent-Hopkins failed to return to practice Wednesday. With only Saturday's game in Vancouver left on the schedule, it looks quite possible that Nugent-Hopkins won't play again this season, though coach Todd Nelson said the center hasn't officially been ruled out. With 24 goals, 56 points, and a minus-12 rating across 76 games this season, RNH has turned in production remarkably similar to what he posted in those categories in 2013-14 (24, 56, minus-12 in 80 games).

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C EDM 3 months ago

Nugent-Hopkins won't play Tuesday versus the Kings, according to the Edmonton Sun.

This is good news for the Kings as they are battling for one of the final playoff spots in the West but bad for Edmonton as they need all the goal scoring they can muster. Nugent-Hopkins could play Thursday versus San Jose.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C EDM 3 months ago

Nugent-Hopkins (lower body) remains day-to-day.

Nugent-Hopkins, who didn't practice Monday, doesn't seem likely to return to action before Thursday's game against the Sharks.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C EDM 3 months ago

Nugent-Hopkins will not play Friday against Calgary due to a lower body injury, the team's official web site reports.

He's an unexpected late scratch. The injury comes at a bad time as he'd be hot with 12 points in his last 11 games.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C EDM 3 months ago

Nugent-Hopkins remained red-hot Saturday, scoring two goals and adding an assist in a win over the Flyers.

He's simply on a tear right now, racking up 14 points in his last seven games. Four of his last five outings have been multi-point games, propelling him to 53 points in 70 games on the season. Now that he's caught fire, make sure the 21-year-old is in your lineup, as he's already set a career-high in goals and appears to destined to also set a career-high in points.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C EDM 4 months ago

Nugent-Hopkins produced two assists, including one on the power play, in Monday's win over the Maple Leafs.

Nugent-Hopkins is enjoying his hottest run of the season. He's put up exactly two assists in each of his last three games, and has generated seven goals and 11 assists dating back to Feb. 10. The Oilers remain a mess -- Monday's victory was their first in eight games -- but Nugent-Hopkins has been able to overcome his team context of late, going a palatable minus-6 since the beginning of 2015. Continue to keep him active and ride the wave of scoring.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C EDM 4 months ago

Nugent-Hopkins collected two more assists in Friday's loss to the Blue Jackets.

Nugent-Hopkins has been red-hot of late, racking up eight points in his last four games. He's been held off the scoresheet just twice in his last eight outings and is up to 47 points in 67 games,. While the Oilers may have been eliminated from playoff contention, the 21-year-old Nugent-Hopkins is definitely worth a look if he's available.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins C EDM 4 months ago

Nugent-Hopkins dished out two assists -- one on the power play -- gathered two penalty minutes and went minus-2 in Thursday's 6-4 loss to Pittsburgh.

The Oilers just keep losing, and that's depressed RNH's season rating to a career-low minus-13. But he'll set a new career high in goals -- he's already matched last year's 19 -- and has a chance to surpass last season's 56 points as well. So there's development happening here even in the hockey gulag known as Edmonton.