Darnell Nurse

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2016-10-26

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Darnell Nurse, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-4

Weight: 205

Born: 1995-02-04

Hometown: Hamilton, ON, CAN

Drafted: 2013 by Edmonton Oilers, 7th Overall

 

Observations:

October 2016 – The 2015-16 season saw a lot of ups and downs for Darnell Nurse. Nurse started the season in the AHL with Bakersfield but was called up to finish the season with the Oilers. Consistency played a big part in his ice time as some minor lapses in his judgement plagued his game, and seemed to show more at the NHL level. Towards the end of the year his confidence with the puck and reliability defensively improved noticably and Nurse began to show signs of why he was a seventh overall pick. This season he cracked the Oilers opening day line-up and has looked solid through the first six games, registering three points including a crucial insurance goal in the Heritage Classic game. The discussion about Nurse developing into a top four defenceman has once again returned in Edmonton. Brayden Sully


October 2015 – Nurse scored in his first game of the season against the Minnesota Wild on October 27th. He was recalled from Bakersfield after an injury to Justin Schultz and sub-par performances from Andrew Ference and Griffin Reinhart. This could be the final time Nurse shuttles back and forth from Bakersfield as the big club is desperate for one of their defensemen to step up and take on a bigger role successfully. Nurse is poised to do just that. Tyler Thomson

 

September 2015 – It appears Nurse will not be making the Oilers out of training camp and has been sent down to Bakesfield. This isn't a huge surprise but many thought he could potentially make the club after getting a one game stint last year. It will be highly probable to see him in NHL action at some point this season. Expect him to be on Bakersfield's top pair. Tyler Thomson

 

September 2015 – Nurse had a dominant showing at the Young Stars tournament in Penticton, BC. Many in the Oilers organization feel he could make the team out of camp. While it remains more realistic he starts the year in Bakersfield and is called up at points during the season, it's hard to deny Nurse's maturation and top-pairing skills. The player comparison that is used most frequently is Chris Pronger. Nurse might not be as physical as the potential future hall-of-famer but he certainly possesses the skating and puck moving ability to stay in the NHL for many years. A strong showing in the upcoming pre-season could very well be his ticket to a starting NHL job. Tyler Thomson

 

May 2015 – As if Nurse's 2014-2015 season wasn't impressive enough, he continued to play top-level hockey after being bounced in the OHL's Western Conference final. After losing to Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters, Nurse got into four AHL games with the Barons, registering four assists in four games. He also had four penalty minutes and was a plus three playing as a rookie in the AHL conference semi-finals. While the Barons were eliminated at the hands of the Utica Comets, Nurse was far and away the teams best player from the backend. Don't be the least bit surprised if he gets a long look at Oilers training camp next season. Tyler Thomson

 

March 2015 – Nurse got back into action for the Greyhounds last three games of the season. His final stat line in his last OHL regular season will read 10 goals and 33 points in 36 games. Playing for Canada and fighting a lingering injury, Nurse only appeared in half of the Greyhounds games. His team still finished first though and he will be heavily leaned upon now that the OHL playoffs are ready to begin. He will be the catalyst for a long playoff run this season. Tyler Thomson

 

March 2015 – Darnell Nurse has been hampered with a leg injury for the month of February but looks to return to action sometime before the OHL regular season is through. Nurse, who has 31 points in 33 games with Sault Saint Marie, was in Edmonton to get his leg double checked by Oilers team doctors. After a quick visit it was deemed he could potentially play by the end of the week ending March 8. With the Greyhounds sitting first in the OHL's Western Conference, a comfortable