Ryan Nugent-Hopkins out 6-8 weeks with hand injury
Young forward hurt blocking shot
Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be out for six to eight weeks after injuring his hand during Monday's 4-2 win at Florida.
Oilers coach Todd McLellan called it a "long-term injury" after the game, then provided a time frame for Nugent-Hopkins's recovery at Tuesday's practice.
Nugent-Hopkins was hurt while on penalty-killing duty early in the second when he blocked a shot by the Panthers' Dmitry Kulikov. He left the ice and did not return.
Nugent-Hopkins, 22, has eight goals and 22 assists in 46 games this season, his fifth in the NHL after being drafted first overall in 2011.
Edmonton (19-23-5) has the worst record in the Western Conference and has been without Connor McDavid, this year's No. 1 pick, since early November when he suffered a broken collarbone.
McLellan said that despite the injury to Nugent-Hopkins, the Oilers will not rush McDavid back to action.
"He's not ready," McLellan said.