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Darnell Nurse | Defenseman | #25

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/4/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 221
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (7) / EDM
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Darnell Nurse is a restricted free agent this summer.
Nurse finished the final year of his entry-level contract in 2017-18. The 23-year-old defender has some upside, but he hasn't showed that he can be a top-pairing player yet. It's possible he could receive a long-term deal similar to the ones that Adam Larsson and Oscar Klefbom signed, but a bridge deal could also make sense if he wants to prove that he is worth more than that. May 22 - 12:48 PM

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Darnell Nurse is hoping to grow offensively in 2018-19.

Nurse set career-highs in 2017-18 with six goals and 26 points in 82 games, but he believes he has significantly more to give. "I think I made strides," said Nurse. "I’m looking forward to taking another step … I want to grow my offensive side (26 points). I can take that to another level. I believe I should be a two-way threat, night-in, night-out." He's just 23-years-old, so it certainly wouldn't be surprising to see him continue to develop. We don't expect him to be an elite offensive defenseman, but perhaps he can accumulate 30-40 points next season.
Apr 25 - 4:15 AM

Darnell Nurse was scoreless with a minus-1 rating, one blocked shot and four hits in Tuesday's 5-2 loss at San Jose.

Nurse has posted six goals with 20 points and a plus-12 rating over 63 games, but his real value to fantasy owners comes in the defensive categories. He has managed 125 hits with 119 blocked shots so far this season to help those in pools with advanced scoring systems.
Feb 28 - 1:25 AM

Now that Hall of Famer Paul Coffey has joined the Oilers as a skills development coach, Darnell Nurse is hoping to learn from him to develop his offensive game.

"That was one of the strongest parts of his game, the ability to make plays offensively," said Nurse of Coffey. "For a guy like myself, it’s something I’m looking forward to to help grow my game. Just being a part of this organization you hear a lot of stories of him coming up with Gretzky and Messier, how smooth he was as a player, his ability to move the puck, scoring 48 goals in a season. All those things kind of speak for themselves. It will be cool to pick his brain." Nurse has six goals and 18 points in 47 contests this season and even that is a big jump for the 22-year-old offensively. It'll be interesting to see if Coffey can help Nurse grow offensively and it will be worth monitoring Nurse over the months to come.
Jan 22 - 7:53 AM

Darnell Nurse has been promoted to the Oilers' first power-play unit.

He will replace Oscar Klefbom, and to a lesser extent, Andrej Sekera. This is a big opportunity for Nurse, who has been hot of late with four goals and five points in his last five games. Although Nurse has yet to show it on the NHL level for a sustained period of time, he was an offensive defenseman with Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL. Play him if you have him, and get him if he's not on your roster.
Jan 20 - 1:39 PM

Darnell Nurse scored the overtime winner as the Oilers knocked off the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 Saturday.

Nurse has been hot of late as it was his fourth goal in his last four games to give him six goals and 17 points this season. He had five goals and 11 points in 44 games in an injury-riddled 2016-17 campaign so the fact that he has already played two more games this season bodes well. He should be in someone's lineup at this time.
Jan 14 - 7:49 AM

Darnell Nurse had his first career two goal game in a 4-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes.

Down 2-0, Nurse kick started the comeback with a blast from the blueline, beating Antti Raanta short side. Nurse then completed the comeback with a similar short side blast. The 22-year-old defenseman is now up to five goals and 16 points in 45 games. He is a former seventh overall pick but hasn't quite developed the offensive game the Oilers hoped he'd have. Patrick Maroon and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored in the win.
Jan 12 - 11:32 PM

Darnell Nurse had Edmonton's lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Chicago on Sunday.

Nurse got the Oilers on the board, with his third goal of the season, during the second period after the Blackhawks had a 2-0 lead after the first. Michael Cammalleri and Zack Kassian earned assists on the play.
Jan 7 - 5:44 PM

Darnell Nurse registered two assists in Edmonton's 7-2 win versus Columbus on Tuesday.

That gives Nurse two goals and 12 points in 31 contests this season. With that, he's surpassed his career-high of 11 points set in 44 contests in 2016-17. He's three goals shy of his career-high in that category though.
Wed, Dec 13, 2017 04:21:00 AM

Darnell Nurse registered two assists in the Oilers' 6-4 loss to Toronto on Thursday.

Nurse has two goals and nine points in 26 games this season. That puts him just two points shy of his career-high. Needless to say he's expected to set a new personal best by a significant margin by the time this season is done.
Fri, Dec 1, 2017 06:57:00 AM

Darnell Nurse scored a goal in Edmonton's 8-3 loss to the Blues on Tuesday.

It was Nurse's first goal of the 2017-18 campaign. He also has five assists in 21 contests. Nurse was a significant offensive contributor at the junior level, but that hasn't translated to the NHL and we don't expect him to have much fantasy value in standard leagues this season.
Wed, Nov 22, 2017 05:55:00 AM

Darnell Nurse posted an assist, plus-1 rating, two shots on goal, two blocked shots and a hit in Monday's loss against Winnipeg.

Nurse was blanked over his first two outings, but he has been active in the offensive end with a total of 10 shots on goal through three outings. He entered the season with just 207 SOG through 115 NHL games, but it appears he is ready to step up and contribute more along the blue line. Still, his biggest contributions to fantasy owners comes on blocked shots, hits and penalty minutes.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 12:38:00 AM

Darnell Nurse will be rested on Sunday against the Canucks.

Through 44 games this season he has picked up 11 points along with 53 blocks and 107 hits.
Sun, Apr 9, 2017 08:40:00 PM

Darnell Nurse is a plus-seven in his last two games.

He has also been a force offensively with a goal and two assists. The defenseman has missed a big chunk of the season with an ankle injury as he was out from December 1 until February 26. Nevertheless, he has four goals and eight points in 33 games with a plus-two rating. Keep an eye on him next season.
Sat, Mar 18, 2017 08:11:00 AM

Darnell Nurse played in his 100th game on Tuesday.

Nurse would have reached that mark sooner, but he missed nearly three months this season due to an ankle injury. He's also seen his responsibilities fall in 2016-17 as he's averaged 17:35 minutes per game, compared to 20:14 minutes in 2015-16, but he has the potential to play a very big role for the Oilers in the long run.
Wed, Mar 8, 2017 08:54:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Connor McDavid
2Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
3Ryan Strome
LW1Milan Lucic
2Mike Cammalleri
3Jujhar Khaira
4Anton Slepyshev
RW1Leon Draisaitl
2Zack Kassian
3Drake Caggiula
4Jesse Puljujarvi
5Iiro Pakarinen
6Pontus Aberg
7Ty Rattie
D1Oscar Klefbom
2Adam Larsson
3Kris Russell
4Matthew Benning
5Darnell Nurse
6Andrej Sekera
7Yohann Auvitu
G1Cam Talbot
2Mikko Koskinen
3Al Montoya