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Darnell Nurse | Defenseman

Team: Edmonton Oilers
Age / DOB:  (19) / 2/4/1995
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 185
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Darnell Nurse may be up against it in making the Edmonton Oilers this season.
Nurse was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 Draft and was sent back to junior hockey last season where the defenseman had 50 points and 91 penalty minutes in 64 games. The Oilers have realized that there was a lack of depth on their blueline and as a result, signed Mark Fayne Nikita Nikitin and Keith Aulie in the off-season. These signings will make it tough for Nurse to crack the lineup this season. "If I come in ready and play myself into a spot they're not going to take it away from me," Nurse said. "It's totally up to me to come out and prove myself. I can say anything I want, but if I don't go on the ice and prove it it's all for nothing." Sep 13 - 7:23 AM

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The Edmonton Oilers would like Darnell Nurse to get more seasoning before he plays at the NHL level.

Nurse had 50 points and 91 penalty minutes in 64 games with the OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2013-14. He was taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Jun 17 - 9:20 AM

Darnell Nurse has been returned to the OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Nurse wasn't expected to make the Oilers' opening game roster, but he made the Oilers' decision difficult with his strong play over the preseason. "I came in as a prepared as I could," he said. "I was fueled by the fact that so many people said I wasn't good enough to keep up at this level. I proved a few people wrong, but I still have a lot of room to grow as a player and as a person." Nurse was taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 10:54:00 AM

Darnell Nurse is making it awfully hard for the Edmonton Oilers to send him back to junior hockey with his play in the preseason.

Nurse was selected seventh overall by the Oilers in the 2013 Draft and coach Dallas Eakins will have a tough time sending back to Sault Ste. Marie. "His job is to keep screwing up our plans," Eakins said. "That's the problem with those 18-year-olds. He's definitely getting better every day right now and we've just got to wait and see if he plateaus or keeps getting better." When you add the very talented Nurse to Oscar Klefbom and Justin Schultz, the Oilers blueline is definitely looking promising for years to come. Expect Nurse to get nine games at the NHL level but the Oilers should send him back to junior for plenty of ice time and a chance to represent Canada at the U20 World Championships. All this goes out the window if he continues to play as well as he has thus far.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 11:35:00 AM

Defensemen Darnell Nurse and Oscar Klefbom will take part on Edmonton's 2013 Young Stars Classic roster.

Nurse was taken with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 draft, while Klefbom is believed to be close to challenging for a roster spot with the Oilers. They should be interesting players to watch prior to joining Edmonton for training camp.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 10:32:00 AM

Darnell Nurse is trying to put on some weight this summer.

Nurse stands at an imposing 6-foot-4 and weighs 192 pounds. "I don’t want to change what’s got me to this point. I want to stick with what’s worked," he said, "but it’s been real good for me to put on some weight and I’m at home, so I've got my mom’s cooking and the fridge is always full. All I can do is eat as much as I can and go to the gym and work as hard as I can every day. As long as I’m strong, I’ll be OK." Nurse recently signed an entry-level contract with Edmonton. He's going into the Oilers' training camp with a legitimate shot of making the team.
Fri, Jul 26, 2013 10:00:00 AM

Edmonton Oilers sign Darnell Nurse to entry-level contract.

Nurse was the seventh overall pick in June's draft and was considered potentially the top defenseman in this year's class behind Seth Jones. Nurse still needs to add weight and work on his offensive game, but there's a chance he could make the Oilers out of training camp this fall. However, he's unlikely to have any sort of fantasy impact this season.
Thu, Jul 25, 2013 11:31:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have selected Darnell Nurse with the seventh pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Tall, tenacious and tough to beat, Darnell Nurse is one of the elite shutdown defensemen in this year’s draft class. In 2012-13, Nurse’s second OHL season, his offensive output exploded from 10 to 41 points, as he played big minutes on the Greyhounds’ top pairing and established himself as a defensively sound leader with excellent skating abilities and a fiery physical edge. Nurse needs to beef up his lanky frame and improve his offensive instincts and capabilities if he hopes to be a scoring threat in the NHL. His on-ice skills are polished and if he has a strong off-season in the weight room, he could crack an NHL roster this spring with the potential of earning a top four spot in the near future. The Oilers already have plenty of skilled forwards and getting Nurse will help them become a far more balanced team in the long run.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 03:46:00 PM

Darnell Nurse, who is projected to go in the top 10 in Sunday's NHL draft, was not allowed to play football growing up.

What makes this story interesting is that his dad Richard was a wide receiver in the CFL with the Hamilton Tiger Cats while his uncle was NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb. "I wasn’t allowed (to play it)," said Nurse. "I tried. But my parents wanted to keep me safe, crazy as it sounds, playing hockey. I guess in hockey you control a little more who gets hit when you're on defense." Nurse is considered the second best blueliner by Central Scouting, behind only Seth Jones and could be selected as high as fifth by Carolina on Sunday.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 07:16:00 AM

Draft prospect Darnell Nurse endured Donovan McNabb's (his uncle) grueling workouts as a teenager.

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Nurse is considered the second-best defenseman by the NHL Central Scouting Service. The 18-year-old has trained with the ex-NFL quarterback in the offseason in workouts that consisted of 40-yard sprints up a hill in 100-degree Arizona heat. "It was a test," Nurse said. "I couldn't quit or let [the NFL players] show me up." McNabb said scouts want to know what your work ethic is like. "He wants to be great," McNabb said. "He understands that for that to happen, he has to put in the time."
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Jun 21, 2013 09:03:00 PM

Darnell Nurse, who is the nephew of former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, said he wouldn't feel any additional pressure if he was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

"There is a link there, but I don't see how the pressure crosses over," Nurse said. "It's a different sport, a different position. The pressure will be put on by myself to make a mark like he did. It won't come from other people." The Flyers will enter the draft with the No. 11 overall selection and Nurse could be on the Philadelphia's radar if he's available.
Mon, May 20, 2013 11:16:00 AM

Darnell Nurse potted a goal in Sault Ste. Marie's 4-3 overtime win over Plymouth on Wednesday night.

Nurse is considered a top prospect for the 2013 draft. The talented 17-year-old has 23 points in 33 games. Nick Cousins, the Flyers' third-round pick from 2011, had two helpers to give him 45 points on the year.
Wed, Dec 12, 2012 10:12:00 PM

Darnell Nurse set up two goals Saturday night in Sault Ste. Marie's 6-4 win over Saginaw.

Nurse currently sits ninth in the International Scouting Services' 2013 draft prospects rankings. He has five goals and 17 assists on the season.
Sat, Dec 8, 2012 10:59:00 PM

Darnell Nurse registered two points in Sault Ste. Marie's 6-4 win over Erie on Friday night.

Nurse was recently ranked ninth on the International Scouting Services' prospect list for the 2013 draft. He has 20 points in 28 games, after notching just 10 in 53 games last year.
Fri, Nov 30, 2012 10:55:00 PM

Darnell Nurse potted two goals in Sault Ste. Marie's 6-5 victory Friday night.

Nurse was recently ranked 16th overall in the International Scouting Services top prospects list for the upcoming draft. The defenseman has an impressive 13 points on the season.
Fri, Oct 26, 2012 10:38:00 PM

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PosRoleName
C1Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
2Leon Draisaitl
3Anton Lander
4Boyd Gordon
5Mark Arcobello
6Matt Hendricks
7Will Acton
LW1Taylor Hall
2David Perron
3Benoit Pouliot
4Luke Gazdic
RW1Jordan Eberle
2Teddy Purcell
3Nail Yakupov
4Steve Pinizzotto
5Jesse Joensuu
D1Justin Schultz
2Andrew Ference
3Jeff Petry
4Nikita Nikitin
5Mark Fayne
6Mark Fraser
7Keith Aulie
8Martin Marincin
G1Ben Scrivens
2Viktor Fasth