Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins during a break in action against the Canucks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., Dec. 26, 2011. (BEN NELMS/Reuters)
CALGARY - After undergoing an MRI, it appears RNH has gone M.I.A.
And that’s A-OK.
Two days after being named one of the 37 invitees to Team Canada’s world junior team training camp, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has yet to surface with word of his Christmas plans for the 2013 world junior hockey championship.
And that has more to do with the NHL lockout than it does anything else.
In a perfect world, his return to Edmonton on Sunday would have been followed up by a media availability explaining why an MRI on the shoulder he injured last year was planned weeks earlier. He’d then give a status report and answer questions on his intentions.