Ryan Nugent-Hopkins might miss first month, says GM

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Edmonton Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish said Ryan Nugent-Hopkins might miss the first month of the season while recovering from offseason shoulder surgery.

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins might miss the first month of the 2013-14 regular season schedule while recovering from offseason surgery, general manager Craig MacTavish told reporters Sunday night.

Nugent-Hopkins had persistent issues with his left shoulder and underwent surgery on April 23 to repair a torn labrum. He is currently skating with teammates at informal practices in preparation for training camp, but it remains unclear how active he will be during camp.

MacTavish explained that the club has decided to adhere to the original recovery schedule, which projected a Nov. 1 return.

"In talking to our medical staff, we've determined that everything is on schedule -- but it's important for them that we maintain the pessimistic schedule that we started with, which would be Nov. 1."

Nugent-Hopkins struggled in 2013 after registering an impressive rookie campaign that culminated in a Calder Trophy nomination.

Over the span of 40 games last season, Nugent-Hopkins recorded 24 points (four goals and 20 assists) after a 52 point finish (18 goals and 34 assists) over 62 games in 2011-12. He experienced a slight raise in average ice time (going from 17:36 to 18:52) as well as his face-off winning percentage (from 37.5 percent to 41 percent).

The player stated early last week that he feels good in his recovery, but expressed that he was going to consult with the team's medical staff before making any decisions.

"It feels good right now, but I know it has to heal and I have to get my strength back. There are going to be a lot of discussions with the doctor and the medical staff over the next few weeks. I've just got to make sure it's 100 percent before I go out there."

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