Darnell Nurse was looking to make the leap this season.
The Edmonton Oilers have decided the 19-year-old defenseman should spend another year in junior instead.
Nurse has been returned to OHL Sault Ste. Marie, where he’ll bolster a Greyhounds team that doesn’t actually need much bolstering. Sault Ste. Marie has won all eight of its games this season, outscoring its opposition 41-18.
When a team gives up 10 goals in its first two games, the decision about whether to make a change on defence is pretty easy.
But deciding which of his six starters to sit Tuesday in Los Angeles was the more difficult end of the equation for head coach Dallas Eakins.
The optics wouldn’t be good if he sat free agent acquisitions Mark Fayne or Nikita Nikitin, and scratching...
With much of his roster up in the air because of injuries, head coach Dallas Eakins wasn’t in the mood to spill the beans on what few certainties there might be.
So he isn’t saying who his starting goalie is, nor whether or not he will make a change on defence to give Darnell Nurse his first NHL game Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings.
If the Oilers are sticking to the alternating...
You’re a 19-year-old kid. You just made the NHL. You’re going to have your own rookie card. You’re going to get your first pro pay cheque and ...
Actually, there are two of those kids on the Edmonton Oilers.
For Leon Draisaitl, who actually won’t turn 19 until Oct. 27, it was “Congratulations, kid. You made the team. Get a place.” For Darnell Nurse, it was “Congratulations...
Not a very good knee by Nurse on Axel Blomqvist but nobody on Jets drops the mitts at time. Later?#oilers.
— Jim Matheson (@NHLbyMatty) September 15, 2014
As it has been said for the past years, the Oilers do not need any more help with their offense. After drafting three straight first overall forwards, their struggles are now coming from a lack of strong defense. With Darnell Nurse potentially filling in a huge role for their defense, it looks to be a step in the right direction.
The Toronto Maple Leafs are now considering trading...