Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 9/8/13

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 wanted to impr

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Cavs players starting to doubt team issues will be fixed

Rockets GM makes light of wild confrontation with Clippers

NBA to investigate Rockets-Clippers postgame fight

Chris Paul nutmegs Milos Teodosic with slick dribbles

Carmelo Anthony is ‘done with the refs’ after Russell Westbrook’s ejection

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Warriors stuck without hot water in locker room after beating Cavs

Magic rookie invited teammates to his first sermon, but none showed up

Magic could be sellers, Mirotic eligible to be traded, Jabari Parker closer to return

Brewers' Nelson rehabbing 'ahead of schedule', Cardinals' Molina retiring after '20?

Broncos considering WR options, Seahawks on Schottenheimer skeptics

Spagnuolo could stay with Giants, Dallas and Cincy swap assistants

The 'It's a walk-off!" quiz

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

Top takeaways from the NFL Divisional round

Sports & Politics Intersect: After all the bluster, college football sticks to sports

2018 NFL Mock Draft

Who stands to benefit the most from the slow MLB offseason?

Sabres look to be biggest sellers ahead of NHL trade deadline

Top impact MLB free agents still looking for work

Is Andrew Wiggins finally turning the corner?

Jayson Tatum is making a living in the clutch

The 'Home field disadvantage' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bruins, Flames, Jets are taking flight

Oilers News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'It's a walk-off!" quiz

Best performances in the history of NFL Conference Championship games

Sports & Politics Intersect: After all the bluster, college football sticks to sports

The 'Home field disadvantage' quiz

NHL Weekender: Bruins, Flames, Jets are taking flight

Sabres look to be biggest sellers ahead of NHL trade deadline

The 'How much ya bench?' quiz

Who stands to benefit the most from the slow MLB offseason?

Jayson Tatum is making a living in the clutch

The 'Quite the catch' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker