Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins finally back?!

Sound the alarms! The first overall pick is back, but will he be the same as before?

Last night, the Edmonton Oilers played the Phoenix Coyotes and lost to them 3-1. Although the Oilers lost, there was some good news as RNH came back from his shoulder injury and scored a goal.

All signs are pointing that he will take over the scoring lead from Adam Henrique (RNH missed 20 of the last 22 games and he only trails Henrique by 6 points) but can he do it with the NHL season dwindling down?

Sure the Edmonton Oilers can pretty much kiss the playoffs goodbye for this year, but they do have a bright future of Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall.

However, there is a big question mark surrounding the durability of RNH. He does have a small frame for an NHL player (6'1'' 175lbs.) and big guys will be looking to hit him to prevent him from scoring.

So how can the Oilers make sure that their latest first overall pick be healthy? Will he be able to avoid having a promising career marred by injuries? Only time will tell but for this blogger, I hope he does avoid it because for such a disappointing season from the Oilers, they should have a positive to remember from it and that is the scoring tandem of Eberle, RNH and Hall.

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