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Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Could Play Tomorrow Versus Rangers

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Forward has been out of lineup since mid January

NHL: Edmonton Oilers at Dallas Stars Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It only feels like six months since Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been in the lineup. Having suffered a rib injury some six weeks ago, Nugent-Hopkins will be getting back into the lineup at a time where the Oilers have nothing but pride (and draft position) to play for.

Now’s the time where the Oilers have got to get serious about figuring out where Ryan Nugent-Hopkins fits on this team going forward.

A REAL CHANCE

There’s about a 0% chance that the Oilers will keep Ryan Nugent-Hopkins as a 3C going forward. There’s a greater than 0% chance that Leon Draisaitl could become the team’s top 1RW and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins could find himself as 2C.

It’s also a good time to see if Nugent-Hopkins can get a crack at the 1LW position next to Connor McDavid. See, there’s a real big opening there right now, and it’s a perfect time to see if there’s some connection between 97 and 93 with less than 20 games remaining in the year.

Wherever he suits up, it’s good to have him back.