What Did He Do Last Season? Darnell Nurse took a big step forward in what might be his final OHL season, playing big minutes for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
What is His Skill Set? Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus suggested Nurse possesses terrific skills for the NHL:
Nurse is a great athlete with all the physical tools necessary, and he has impressive hockey sense. He is a big, tough defenseman with a high amount of physicality. Nurse skates at an above-average level, if not better, and he can close his gaps very well for a big defenseman.
Can He Bring it to the NHL in 2014-15? The Edmonton Oilers are being patient with Nurse, and they signed several NHL free agents this summer. He will have to earn his playing time, but he might get a nine-game audition with Edmonton. Training camp and preseason will be a time to watch his progress closely. If Nurse can handle the physical aspect of the game, and win battles, he'll be in the NHL to stay.