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 pl