Nugent-Hopkins to decide by Monday about WJHC status

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12/5/2012 1:19:09 AM
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Oklahoma City Barons head coach Todd Nelson said on Tuesday that forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will remain in Edmonton for the week to continue strengthening his shoulder.

Nelson also said that Nugent-Hopkins will decide by next Monday whether or not he will play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Junior Championship.

"It is contingent on his health. At this point I think (the examination) is precautionary," Scott Salmond, Hockey Canada's senior director of operations, told reporters on Monday. "He played on the weekend and flew in so I think it was always in the plans. Our thoughts is he'll be here on the 10th of December ready to roll."

The 19-year-old was named to Canada's selection camp roster on Monday. He has eight goals and 12 assists in 19 games for the Barons this season.

Last year in his rookie season with the Oilers, Nugent-Hopkins had 18 goals and 34 assists in 62 games.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)


(Photo: Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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