Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Draft Player News (Jan. 3)

The Edmonton Oilers had a costly victory on Monday night in Chicago, as the Oilers won the game, 4-3 over the Blackhawks, but lost the services of rookie forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and defenseman Tom Gilbert during the game, which is cause for concern.  Nugent-Hopkins left the arena after the game with his arm in a sling, which suggests he may have suffered a shoulder injury, upper-body at the very least, while the Oilers have said that Gilbert has suffered a lower-body injury.

There hasn't been much for injury updates early in the morning, but the Oilers have called up forward Josh Green and defenseman Colten Teubert to fill in for the injured players, if they cannot go Tuesday night in Buffalo.

Nugent-Hopkins has been one of the best bargains in the draft pool this year, taken with the last pick by Wayne H. and has been a great surprise this year, helping Wayne into the money, so there is great concern about his status going forward, especially with teams having caught up to him and are starting to pass him.  Gilbert belongs to Wes M., who doesn't appear to have any luck with his defensemen, with one returning on Monday afternoon, another one gets injured.  He can only hope it isn't for the long-term in this instance as well.

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