TSN 1260′s Jason Gregor reported this afternoon that RNH’s progress is to the point where he took part in contact drills today, and there is light at the end of the tunnel.
- Gregor: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins took part in contact drills today, and it looks very likely that he could return next Thursday vs. the Habs. There is a slim chance we’ll see him sooner, but unless he suffers a setback, I think we will see him no later than next Thursday. His return will be a huge boost for the Oilers.
When the Nuge returns, coach Dallas Eakins will have to make a decision. Does he move Taylor Hall back to the wing:
Or does he keep Hall in the middle:
What say you? I like the strength up the middle, and also like the look of the veteran 3line in the second edition above. Finally, both of the lines put Nail Yakupov in a more offensively attractive position and for me that’s a massive item for this club.