Edmonton Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will return on Monday, three weeks earlier than projected, which might impact former Barons center Mark Arcobello.
With Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) and Sam Gagner (broken jaw) both sidelined, Arcobello started the season in Edmonton.
In the season opener, Arcobello was on a line with Jordan Eberle and David Perron. In Saturday's game at Vancouver, Arcobello was on the No. 3 line with 2012 No. 1 overall pick Nail Yakupov and Perron.
Because of the injuries, the Oilers moved Taylor Hall to center. There's some debate whether Hall will remain at center until Gagner returns in six to eight weeks. Either way, Arcobello could stick, especially while Nugent-Hopkins steadily improves his conditioning.
TEAM CAPTAIN TBD
Oklahoma City Barons coach Todd Nelson has used three alternate captains the first two games and probably will wait another week or two before he names a team captain.
“There still could be some guys coming down from Edmonton that could be involved in this process,” Nelson said. “I want to get to know some of these guys. Some of the guys here last year are on the verge but still are a bit young.
“I'm not rushing into this. We'll probably rotate three more guys next weekend. I need to find someone from this group to stand up.”
NELSON'S ANNUAL PIG ROAST
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