When Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the Edmonton Oilers look back on this season, the mantra for both could be "what might have been."
After missing nearly two months, Nugent-Hopkins is expected to return Saturday night when the Oilers take on red-hot Ryan Spooner and the New York Rangers.
"I'm excited to come back. I want to be back in the lineup. It's been long enough," the top overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft said on Friday. Coach Todd McLellan said Nugent-Hopkins is penciled in but wants to see how he performs in practice Saturday.
Nugent-Hopkins was on pace for a breakout season before suffering a rib injury Jan. 13 in a win over the Vegas Golden Knights. Edmonton went 7-10-1 in his absence, effectively falling out of contention after a deep playoff run last season. >> Read more
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