Darnell Nurse
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Darnell Nurse

Hometown:

Hamilton Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-02-04

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

6-5

Acquired:

1st round (7th overall), 2013

Weight:

192 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2010-11: Darnell Nurse appeared in two OJHL games with the St. Michael's Buzzers and skated for the Don Mills Flyers midget minor AAA team in the Greater Toronto Metro league. He was scoreless with 4 penalty minutes for the Buzzers. In 38 games with Don Mills he scored 11 goals with 18 assists and had 72 penalty minutes. The Flyers participated in the OHL Cup and in seven games Nurse scored 2 goals with 3 assists and had 18 penalty minutes. Nurse was selected by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the first round (third overall) of the 2011 OHL Priority Selection.

2011-12: Nurse played in 53 games for Sault Ste. Marie in his first OHL season, represented Canada Ontario in the 2011 U17 World Hockey Challenge and played for Team Canada in the 2012 U18 World Junior Championship. He scored 1 goal with 9 assists and had 61 penalty minutes; finishing minus-15 as the Greyhounds missed the OHL playoffs. Nurse scored 1 goal with 2 assists in five games for Canada Ontario at the WHC and skated in seven games for Canada's bronze medal-winning U18 team; finishing plus-four with no points and 4 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Nurse was a big part of the Greyhounds success as Sault Ste. Marie reached the OHL playoffs for the first time in three seasons. An assistant captain, he was the only player to skate in all 68 regular season games and scored 12 goals with 29 assists; finishing plus-15 with a team-high 116 penalty minutes. In the six-game playoff series with Owen Sound he scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was minus-1 with 6 penalty minutes. Nurse was selected to play for Canada in the 2013 U18 World Junior Championships and was rated ninth amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's mid-term rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft, and fourth in the CSS final rankings.

 

Talent Analysis

Darnell Nurse is a big, mobile, gifted blueliner who has a lot of Chris Pronger in his game. He’s an imposing presence on the blueline and has the tools to be successful at both ends. Beyond the bloodlines and support (aunt, father, mother are all elite athletes -- uncle by marriage is Donovan McNabb), Nurse has it where it counts most -- between the ears.

The young blueliner has already assumed a significant leadership role on his Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds squad and will likely play a key role next year on Canada’s World Junior Hockey championship squad.

He easily projects as a top-two blueliner, although his offensive game may not be refined enough to be considered a true number-one. He will be an elite shutdown blueliner who will add at least 25 to 30 pounds of muscle to his 6’5, 200-pound frame. Nurse will be well positioned to be used in all segments of the game (PP, PK, even strength), and his development could rival presumptive first-selected blueliner Seth Jones.

 

Future

While likely not ready to make the jump directly to the NHL, Nurse shows promise and potential as an NHL-caliber rearguard. It is likely that he will return to his junior squad for the 2013-14 season, but will be high on the radar of the Oilers brass.

 

Nurse once again Edmonton Oilers’ top prospect in Fall 2014 Top 20

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Darnell Nurse recorded 50 points in 64 games while also serving as captain of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

Darnell Nurse recorded 50 points in 64 games while also serving as captain of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)

 

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