The Edmonton Oilers announced Sunday prior to their game against the Anaheim Ducks that forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will miss the remainder of the season thanks to a shoulder injury. With only four games remaining in the Oilers season and another year with no playoff hockey, having Nugent-Hopkins out of the lineup is not going to be detrimental to the young Oilers squad. It is however the latest disappointment in what has been a lost season for the Oilers.
The rising star admitted to the Canadian Press that this injury has been bothering him for quite some time and is finally at the point where he needs to address it more seriously.
“It’s something that’s been nagging at me for a couple years. It got a little bit worse and it’s something that has to be taken care of eventually. We all decided it was time.” – courtesy of TSN.ca.
Last season Nugent-Hopkins missed twenty games due to the injury and his numbers this season have been lower than many expected, pointing to the shoulder injury as the main cause.
Through 40 games this season, the former first overall pick has just 4 goals and 20 assists for the Oilers after coming off a rookie season that saw him post 52 points in 62 games last season.
The injury is oddly similar to the one Taylor Hall sustained last season that saw him go under the knife. The intent is to have Nugent-Hopkins fully recovered for the start of next season.