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Welcome back (again) Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Edmonton Oilers v Phoenix Coyotes

GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 15: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins #93 of the Edmonton Oilers skates off the ice following warm ups to the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Arena on December 15, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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Oilers rookie stud Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has had his injury issues this season and while some felt he should sit out the rest of the season after his latest shoulder injury, he’ll be back at it today.

Nugent-Hopkins will be back in the Oilers lineup today against the Coyotes and he’ll be back in his quest to try and win the Calder Trophy. Nugent-Hopkins tells Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal how he’s feeling.

“I feel really good,” he said on Friday, “and I haven’t tweaked it in a long time. It’s not getting sore after I shoot or anything like that.

“It might take a couple of shifts to get my legs going, but I don’t want to have that happen. I do want to get into the game right away.”

Incredibly enough, despite his absence at times this year, he’s still near the top of the rookie scoring leaderboard. Nugent-Hopkins’ 35 points puts him third in the NHL just six points behind rookie scoring leader Adam Henrique and one point back of Gabriel Landeskog.

With how the Oilers have been scoring goals lately, betting against the ‘Nuge being able to catch Henrique would be unwise.