Originally written September 07, 2013 on Fox - The Hockey Guy:
Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had great expectations for the 2012-13 season. But a nagging shoulder limited his effectiveness and he struggled mightily for a disappointing team.Now he recovering from shoulder surgery and preparing for the start of training camp. Nugent-Hopkins will initially be limited to non-contact drills. It remains to be seen if he will miss some early-season games.“I think everybody is going to be a little bit cautious,” Nugent-Hopkins recently told Edmonton reporters. “It's important to make sure that it's going to be good for the rest of my career and make sure that it's 100 percent when I start back up.”Nugent-Hopkins scored 18 goals and earned 34 assists in 62 games two years ago. But last season he delivered just four goals and 20 assists despite playing with highly skilled linemates.“My shot feels great. It feels probably a little bit better than last season even,” he said. “I'm definitely happy with that. It was something I w...
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