Ryan Nugent-Hopkins returned to Edmonton to have his shoulder examined. Nugent-Hopkins missed 20 games last year with the Oilers with a shoulder injury.
The injury isn’t believed to be serious but Nugent-Hopkins told team officials his shoulder has been sore.
“It’s precautionary,” said Barons coach Todd Nelson. “They just wanted to take a look at him and make sure everything is fine. We have some time off this week. We don’t play until Saturday. It’s a good week to do that.”
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, Nugent-Hopkins was a finalist last season for the Calder trophy, the NHL Rookie of the Year award. Nugent-Hopkins scored 52 points in 62 games last season with the Edmonton Oilers. He has scored 20 points in 19 games with the Barons.
In other injury news, Taylor Hall (neck) sat out Monday’s practice but Ryan Martindale (knee) returned to practice after suffering a minor knee injury last month. After undergoing arthroscopic surgery Martindale feels he’s close to returning.
“I’m really happy with the progression so far,” Martindale said. “Hopefully I can get back to game action soon. I skated all last week for the first time. Of course, I was a little rusty. Having that week under my belt really helped.”
Team captain Josh Green, who has been sidelined five weeks with sore ribs, returned to practice last week and is expected to be activated for two games this weekend in San Antonio.
“To see these guys get better is always a good sign,” Nelson said. “We’ll see how this week goes, see how they feel and go from there… We had a pretty hard workout (on Monday) and they seemed to handle it fine. First and foremost we have to make sure they’re injury free.”