RNH out with sprained shoulder
DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency
|Edmonton Oilers' Ryan Nugent-Hopkins hits Detroit Red Wings' Niklas Kronwall during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Edmonton Feb. 4, 2012. (REUTERS/Dan Riedlhuber)
DETROIT - The comeback was short-lived as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is once again out of the Edmonton Oilers lineup.
The rookie sensation sprained his left shoulder Monday in Toronto after being taken into the boards by Maple Leafs winger Mike Brown.
On Tuesday the Oilers announced Nugent-Hopkins will be out for a week to 10 days.
They have recalled Magnus Paajarvi from Oklahoma City to take his place.
“It can be frustrating, but I’m going to try and stay positive through all of this right now,” said Nugent-Hopkins. “He (Brown) is obviously a solid guy and we were both going for the puck and we both collided shoulder on shoulder.
“I could feel as soon as I got hit that my shoulder kind of dropped and I could just kind of feel it.”
Nugent-Hopkins, 18, had just returned to the Oilers lineup, playing his second game after separating the same shoulder Jan. 2 against the Chicago Blackhawks when he tripped on his own and stumbled into the boards.
According to Nugent-Hopkins this latest injury is not related to his last one.
“It’s the same area, it’s the same shoulder, but it’s a new on top,” he said. “Compared to the first one, it’s not even close. That’s a good thing, but I’m looking to get back sooner than later.”
Nugent-Hopkins currently leads the league’s rookie scoring race with 13 goals and 35 points in 40 games this season.
He’ll be out for the remainder of the team’s current road trip, which pits them against the Detroit Red Wings Wednesday and the Ottawa Senators Saturday.
“It’s disappointing, Nuge was arguably our best defensive player early in the season and to see him in pain is something we don’t like to experience,” said Oilers associate coach Ralph Krueger. “I believe that Nuge is a player who brings us a dimension we don’t have, which is what makes great players special, he does something nobody else does. Of course you miss a player like this.”