by Lisa Brown on 02/07/12 at 03:10 PM ET
So much for a precautionary measure. The Oilers pulled rookie sensation Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in the third period of their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night when Nugent-Hopkins appeared to have re-injured his left shoulder. Following the game, Ralph Krueger adressed the media with the limited information he had stating “It looks light even now, but we’ll assess it tomorrow and it was precautionary to not put him back in.”
Unfortunately the news today on Nugent-Hopkin’s condition is that he has suffered a sprained shoulder and will miss 7-10 days. Nugent-Hopkins looked to be a lock for the Calder Trophy before both shoulder injuries, now it could come down to a photo finish at the end of the season with the rest of the rookies, especially Devils’ forward Adam Henrique.
Nugent-Hopkins is now that only Oiler, besides coach Tom Renney, out with an injury and fortunately Sam Gagner’s inspired recent scoring has come at the right time; now.
EDIT: according to an Oilers tweet “It’s the same shoulder, but a different injury. It’s not close to my first shoulder injury. Hopefully I can be back soon.” - RNH
Because Nugent-Hopkins is expected to miss 7-10 days, the Oilers are recalled Magnus Paajarvi from the Oklahoma city Barons.
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