Edmonton Oilers put Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on COVID protocol
First it was Cody This, then Ryan McLeod and Dave Tippett, then Devin Shore, and now Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. The hits keep coming, don’t they?
This morning, the Oilers announced via their social media that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been placed on COVID-19 and will likely miss the next week or two as a result.
#Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been placed on COVID protocol.
– Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) December 17, 2021
As the roster of NHL players using the COVID protocol continues to grow longer by the day, it seemed more than likely that the Oilers would be affected by the virus as well and that is exactly what happened this past year. week as Ryan Nugent-Hopkins becomes the fourth member of the organization to place on the shelf. For a team that is still suffering from injuries (Hyman, Smith, Koekkoek) and struggling to get back on track, losing another top-six forward is the last thing the Oilers need right now and, if we’re honest with ourselves, it’s hard to imagine that this will be the end either. Seeing as Nuge played against Columbus last night, I don’t think it’s a stretch to imagine other names coming up which would put the Oilers back in a manpower-strapped situation that they just don’t have. need right now. As I mentioned in the Devin Shore announcement yesterday, Nugent-Hopkins will now need to produce two negative tests 24 hours apart (here’s another look at the graph (page 18 of this document) to show how the process works. is working) to be removed from the protocol list and return to the queue.
As more players in the league embrace the COVID protocol, I wonder how long it will be before the league decides to press pause and allow its teams to regain their health. While I certainly hope this is the last time we see an Oiler sidelined with COVID, the reality is that it is starting to look like the start of a much bigger problem that will only be resolved with pause. Even though it seems like the NHL wants to avoid a stoppage at all costs, I wonder what it will take to change its position, especially after some teams are now being asked to limit or completely eliminate fans in the games. bleachers. More importantly, I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we hope the four Oilers get through this time without a problem while they wait for their return. So far everyone has been lucky, and I keep my fingers crossed to keep it that way.