Photo: Sault Ste. Marie captain Darnell Nurse ranks fourth among OHL blueliners with 48 points in 58 games (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
In this spring update, the Oilers’ Top 20 rankings saw the graduations of Nail Yakupov and Justin Schultz, leaving future franchise defenseman Darnell Nurse to lead the charge.
Photo: Anton Lander, Oklahoma City Barons captain and part-time Oiler, is one of two players remaining from Edmonton’s 2009 draft clas (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
As we look back at the 2009 NHL Draft, there are a few familiar names that are still active in the Oilers prospect system, but the majority have moved on from their affiliation with Edmonton.
Photo: A consistent contributor at both ends for AHL Oklahoma City, defenseman Martin Marincin debuted with the Oilers in a two-game NHL stint in early December (courtesy of Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Oilers’ minor league prospect pool is an interesting mix of elite-caliber defensemen, a few mid-level picks that are hanging on to the last fringes of their professional career (at least as an Oilers prospect) and a few that could go either direction, depending if they are able to take that next step.
Photo: Marc-Olivier Roy, selected 56th overall at the 2013 draft, made his season debut for the Armada at the start of November and has scored at over a point-per-game pace since (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
This year’s Oilers junior update received a pretty big housecleaning from last year as a number of prospects graduated to the pro ranks.
Photo: Red Wings draft pick Anthony Mantha has torn up the QMJHL and put himself in prime position for a prominent role on Team Canada at the 2014 WJC (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Welcome to the November 2013 edition of On the Rush, a monthly column featuring prospects at various competition levels who are either exceeding expectations or falling a little behind.