If it turns out that Wednesday’s outing against the Vancouver Canucks was the last for Darnell Nurse this pre-season the 18-year-old certainly left his mark.
Nurse played almost 23 minutes second only to Justin Schultz and once again showed why the Edmonton Oilers snapped him up with the seventh pick overall in the June draft.
He blocked shots in the 4-1 victory broke up two-on-ones and played with the kind of poise that is unusually for a rookie.
“That kid’s a hockey player” said head coach Dallas Eakins. “Lots of compete in his game.
“When a player like that is out against unbelievable players like the Sedins usually the young player will be very shy with the game and very defensive. He was on the war path. I thought he played one hell of a game.”
So too did goaltender Devan Dubnyk who said the only unfortunate aspect of it all is that the Oilers have enough defensive depth. They won’t rush Nurse if he can continue to excel with the Sault SteMarie Greyhounds and represent Can...