Teubert clearing cobwebs

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:07 AM ET

EDMONTON - Edmonton Oilers defensive prospect Colten Teubert did not take part in the first on-ice session of training camp Saturday.

Teubert is still recovering after being popped by Vancouver Canucks prospect Adam Polasek in last week’s rookie tournament in Penticton.

Teubert broke his nose in the fight and is experiencing concussion-type symptoms according to Oilers GM Steve Tambellini.

“As with any player, you want to make sure and take the required time,” said Tambellini. “He’ll do some of his testing and we expect him back soon. He’s feeling good, we saw him out there watching practice and he’s eager to get back. He’s a tough customer.”

Teubert was acquired by the Oilers in the deal that sent Dustin Penner to the Los Angeles Kings at the trade deadline last season.

The 13th overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft split his time with the Manchester Monarchs and Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League last year.

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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was a little nervous about his first on-ice session at Oilers main camp, but dinner with Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and a few other players the night before helped calm his nerves.

“It was really cool to get invited out to dinner with them,” Nugent-Hopkins said. “I haven’t even made the team yet and they’re asking me to go out to dinner. It was good to just sit down and just hang out with them.”

The biggest question going into training camp is whether Nugent-Hopkins — chosen first overall in this summer’s draft — will be ready to play in the NHL this season.

If the Oilers decide he’s not, they’ll have to send him back to his junior team for the season.

“Ryan and I have spoken on numerous times and I’ve told him if he plays for the Oilers this year, great, if he doesn’t and plays for us next year, it’s still great,” said Tambellini.

“There’s no rush with him. It’s not as though we need to insert another young person into the lineup right now. Having said that, I know his objective and his goal is to make the hockey club.”

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