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Darnell Nurse | Defenseman | #25

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/4/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 213
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (7) / EDM

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Darnell Nurse will be scratched from Sunday's match with the Islanders.
Through 44 games this season Nurse has posted eight points, 32 PIMs, 55 blocks, and 95 hits. Not too shabby for the rookie defender. Feb 7 - 2:10 PM

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Darnell Nurse's first career NHL fight was against the Kings' Milan Lucic on Tuesday.

Nurse's first sparring partner certainly wasn't an easy one. "That shows what type of character he is and what type of leadership he has at such a young age, it’s pretty remarkable," said Oilers forward Matt Hendricks. "That’s what Lucic did when he came to the league at that age and Darnell is doing the same thing. I have a lot of respect for Darnell for what he did (Tuesday) night." Nurse is emerging as one of the Oilers' top blueliners this season with an average of 21:04 minutes per game.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 09:00:00 AM

Darnell Nurse had an assist in Edmonton's 4-3 overtime win versus San Jose.

Nurse ended a nine-game point drought. He now has a goal and five assists in 20 contests in 2015-16.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 10:49:00 AM

Darnell Nurse has played very well on the blueline for the Edmonton Oilers.

Nurse was recalled on October 26 when the Oilers placed Griffin Reinhart on the injured reserve list and Justin Schultz was injured and it was thought that he would go back to the minors once Schultz returned to action but his play has been so good, Nurse has forced the Oilers to keep him. "He’s a big guy who understands the game well," defense partner Andrej Sekera said. "He knows how to skate, shoot, move the puck and be physical. He’s still young but he plays like a man. I think we’ll see a lot more from him." Nurse has a goal and five points in 18 NHL games thus far with a minus-one rating. That's not too bad on the Oilers.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 07:24:00 AM

Darnell Nurse has one assist in his last five contests.

Nurse has cooled off somewhat from his hot offensive start, leaving him with five points in 12 contests. He has plenty of offensive upside, but like most rookies he's obviously a significant gamble if you're in a single season league.
Wed, Nov 25, 2015 10:52:00 AM

Darnell Nurse recorded an assist in a 4-2 loss on Sunday.

Nurse has a goal and two assists in six games this season. Although he started the season in the minors, he's become a significant part of the Oilers lately as evidenced by the fact that he's logged at least 20 minutes in each of his last three games.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 05:28:00 AM

Darnell Nurse scored his first NHL goal in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to Minnesota.

Nurse accepted a pass in his own end, carried the puck over Minnesota's blue line and ripped a shot by Devan Dubnyk. The 20-year-old is one of the top defense prospects in the league. Nurse was recalled from the minors yesterday, and if he keeps producing offensively the Oilers may never send him back down again. Don't snooze on Nurse. Pick him up in your fantasy league and see if he's able to establish himself as a full-time NHLer this season. Click on the link below to watch his goal.
Tue, Oct 27, 2015 11:48:00 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have recalled Darnell Nurse from AHL Bakersfield.

The 20-year-old was recalled because the Oilers placed Griffin Reinhart on injured reserve. Nurse skated in two games with Edmonton last season and didn't register a point. He is one of the top young defense prospects in the game, but he may not be ready to make an offensive impact right away. Nurse has one assist and seven penalty minutes in six AHL games this season.
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 07:19:00 PM

Darnell Nurse has been reassigned to AHL Bakersfield.

Nurse has the potential to be a great defenseman, but it is probably in his best interests to hone his game in the minors for now. This will be his first full pro season after recording 10 goals and 33 points in 36 OHL contests in 2014-15.
Wed, Sep 30, 2015 05:02:00 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have divided their training camp roster into two groups, one with those projected to play in the NHL and one with players larger destined to play in the minors, and Darnell Nurse was placed in the latter group.

Nurse might still make the team, but this obviously isn't a great sign. He had 10 goals, 23 assists, and 58 penalty minutes in 36 OHL contests last season. Regardless of whether or not he makes the Oilers' opening game roster, he has tremendous offensive upside and should have some fantasy value within the next few years.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 09:18:00 AM

Darnell Nurse believes he's ready to be a regular on Edmonton's blue line.

"I think I have grown a lot since last October," Nurse said at the Oilers' development camp. "I just want to put myself in a good position to make the team. I know what I can achieve over the rest of the summer and that I can come into training camp in good shape and be real confident in what I'll be able to do." Nurse has the potential to become an impact defender on Edmonton's top pairing, but he may need some time before he reaches his ceiling.
Mon, Jul 6, 2015 12:35:00 AM

Darnell Nurse is hoping to play this season with the Edmonton Oilers.

The highly touted defenseman is no longer eligible to play junior hockey and will begin his first full professional season with either the Oilers or their AHL farm club. He played two games in the NHL last season before Edmonton returned him to Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL. The seventh overall pick in the 2013 Draft, Nurse is the Oilers top prospect on the blueline but with Edmonton signing Andrej Sekera and trading for Griffin Reinhart and Eric Gryba, he may be in tough to crack the lineup out of camp. Stay tuned.
Sun, Jul 5, 2015 05:23:00 AM

Edmonton Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli nearly had Dougie Hamilton, but the trade fell through when he declined to include top defensive prospect Darnell Nurse.

Nurse would have been joined by the Oilers' 16th, 33rd and 57th overall picks had Chiarelli thought otherwise. Instead, Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney accepted the Calgary Flames' offer of the 15th, 45th, and 52nd picks. Either way, Boston would've acquired a trio of consecutive picks after trading Milan Lucic to Los Angeles in a package that included the 13th overall pick.
Fri, Jun 26, 2015 05:55:00 PM

Darnell Nurse has been summoned by AHL Oklahoma City.

That will give Nurse an opportunity to extend his 2014-15 campaign after his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds were eliminated by Connor McDavid's Erie Otters in the OHL playoffs. Oklahoma City, which is Edmonton's AHL affiliate, is getting ready for the second round of the postseason. Nurse is a top-tier defensive prospect and was taken by Edmonton with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Tue, May 5, 2015 10:20:00 AM

Darnell Nurse has been out of action for the last few weeks with a leg injury.

Nurse is the Oilers top prospect and suffered the injury while playing for the Soo Greyhounds of the OHL. He was in Edmonton on the weekend to make sure there was nothing wrong with the leg. "I got hit a little awkwardly a couple of weeks back, so the medical staff wanted me to come in to get it looked at. I’ve had a couple of MRIs and everything looks fine. I’m looking forward to heading back to the Soo tomorrow. Nothing serious," Nurse said. "Hopefully I’ll be hopping right back onto the ice." Nurse should crack the weak Oilers blueline next season and be a force for many years to come.
Sun, Mar 1, 2015 07:03:00 AM

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2Nail Yakupov
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D1Darnell Nurse
2Andrej Sekera
3Oscar Klefbom
4Justin Schultz
5Eric Gryba
6Brandon Davidson
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