Nugent-Hopkins turned down an opportunity to play for Team Canada in the World Championship in order to allow his broken hand from last season to heal, but he's looked healthy and dominant in the early going of the World Cup. He shares the scoring lead with four others in the international tournament, having collected one goal and two helpers.
Nugent-Hopkins has decided to stay at home and continue to work on the hand he broke earlier this season. While the injury healed enough to allow him to play the last couple of games in the regular season, it's still not 100 percent. RNH will go into the 2016-17 season as the likely center on Edmonton's second line but who will flank him has yet to be determined.
Previous reports suggested that RNH would be held out for the fourth consecutive game, but now fantasy owners should be racing to get him back into lineups. Various ailments have interrupted Nugent-Hopkins' campaign, but he's been impactful when healthy, having notched 33 points in 53 games with one-third of that total taking place on the man advantage.
The former first-overall pick has endured an injury-riddled season, playing only 52 games. Nugent-Hopkins' play has taken a step back while he has been on the ice, scoring at a rate 0.63 points per game, opposed to a rate of 0.74 last season. Expect RNH to return at some point before the conclusion of the 2015-16 campaign.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (concussion) is skating with the team.
It still remains unlikely that Nugent-Hopkins will play Saturday versus Calgary. This has been a trying season for RNH who just returned from a broken hand earlier in March to now only have to deal with the concussion. Nugent-Hopkins is likely to return to the lineup for the final week of the season.