TOUGH SHIFT FOR NURSE

Edmonton Oiler first-round pick Darnell Nurse is in tough tonight.

  • Keefe said he plans to have his top defensive pair of Gudbranson and Darnell Nurse go head-to-head with whichever line McDavid is centering.

When we looked at Nurse back in November, his point total was over 1/1:

  • Nov 11 evens: 18, 2-6-8 .444
  • Nov 11 pp: 18, 4-7-11 .611
  • Nov 11 pk: 18, 0-1-1

Since then, Nurse’s totals have gone down offensively:

  • Nov 12+ evens: 39, 4-8-12 .308
  • Nov 21+ pp: 39, 1-11-12 .308
  • Nov 21+ pk: 39, 1-0-1

Overall, he’s 57, 12-33-45 and it’s obvious from the above quote that Nurse is a top pairing shutdown player for the Greyhounds. Pronman had him #8 on his top 50 NHL prospects, saying “he wasn’t chosen to be on Canada’s team for the WJC, but I don’t think that is indicative of where Nurse is as an NHL prospect — he brings a ton to the table. He’s big, mean, a great skater and is pretty effective in both ends of the rink. His decisions aren’t always perfect and his shot could be a little better, but he’s a top-end prospect.

I think he’s on track, the offense is off somewhat but it’s still a strong season for him at 18. The numbers don’t concern me, players dip and dive. What would concern me? Having Connor McDavid in town and Nurse’s coach saying the Oiler pick wasn’t on the top pairing. Nurse’s PP time may have been reduced during the season, explaining the main cause for offensive downturn. OHL TOI is not available to us, so there’s no real way to know.

The Oilers have all kinds of worries. Darnell Nurse isn’t one of them.

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34 Responses to "TOUGH SHIFT FOR NURSE"

  1. Ducey says:

    Keep an eye Jackson Houck. 9 pts in his last three games. Now has 51 pts in 60 games. Its at first blush not much better than last year, but he has more goals (28) and likely isn’t getting as much ice time as VCR has improved depth. Last year he led the team in scoring. This year he is fourth.

    Platzer is also hot. He now has 15 pts in 17 games since his trade to Owen Sound including 10 goals.

    Houck looks to be physical enough to play down the lineup. I don’t know about Platzer (he only has 22 mins in PIM this year).

    Maybe, just maybe, the Oilers actually get a 4th round pick that will be of some use. Other than Dillon Simpson, its been a wasteland for some time.

  2. Pouzar says:

    So far so good for Nurse.

    Horak with another pt

  3. sliderule says:

    I am not worried about the points.
    He doesn’t have a great shot and I doubt if he will get much PP time in Nhl.
    The only thing that I see is his coverage and passing sense can give you wtf moments.
    He is a great skater and will have a good body and will play in nhl probably very well.
    Somehow it leaves me hoping for more from this draft pick.The oilers need it.

  4. Lowetide says:

    Barons are flying, as Pouzar says another point for Horak. Some sunshine from Oklahoma.

  5. emonkee says:

    Ducey,

    Houck is either hot or cold…there are times when he goes nuts, like u said, 9 pts in the last 3 games, but the prior 10 games, he didn’t register anything.

  6. Pouzar says:

    LT,

    I have the stream going but missed most of the 1st…how has the Klef/Musil pairing looked?

  7. Lowetide says:

    Pouzar:
    LT,

    I have the stream going but missed most of the 1st…how has the Klef/Musil pairing looked?

    I was running around, didn’t see any of the period.

  8. Pouzar says:

    Lowetide,

    Yup me too…dang.

  9. sliderule says:

    Future oiler and Nurse partner Ekblad just got his 20 th goal.

    Only one behind Doughty in his best junior year

    This draft has some top ten players that to me are better than last year.

  10. 106 and 106 says:

    I gotta 99 problems and a Nurse ain’t one.

  11. Lowetide says:

    Nurse with 2 pp assists in the game.

  12. Pouzar says:

    Corey Pronman ‏@coreypronman ·49 mins
    For EDM liked Arcobello, Davidson and Klefbom. Big period for Klefbom while OKC had to play PK for half the periof.

  13. Ducey says:

    Based on the minuses that just popped up on the GR’s last goal it looks like OKC has a 4th line of SMac, Kessy and Ewanyk.

    Why is Smac playing again?

  14. Lowetide says:

    Nurse now with 3 assists tonight, 2pp and 1 ev. Lordy.

  15. Pouzar says:

    Marco Roy with a goal

  16. The Great One says:

    Darnell Nurse: #7 overall pick – 58GP 12G 36A 48P +5

    Shea Theodore : #26 overall pick – 60GP 17G 49A 66P +15

    Defensemen are tough to project.

  17. Lowetide says:

    The Great One:
    Darnell Nurse: #7 overall pick – 58GP 12G 36A 48P +5

    Shea Theodore : #26 overall pick – 60GP 17G 49A 66P +15

    Defensemen are tough to project.

    Not really. Theodore is an offensive defenseman, Nurse has a wider range of skills.

    http://www.hockeyprospectus.com/puck/article.php?articleid=1530

  18. Lowetide says:

    Houck with a goal for the Giants, 29th of the year.

  19. Pouzar says:

    So Nurse passed that test with flying colors at least by the scoresheet anyway.

  20. The Great One says:

    Lowetide: Not really. Theodore is an offensive defenseman, Nurse has a wider range of skills.

    http://www.hockeyprospectus.com/puck/article.php?articleid=1530

    You can teach defense.

    Interesting that Theodore has a +15 on a Seattle team that has a goal differential of only +2

    Nurse has a +5 on a team that has a goal differential of +39.

    We should know more in a few years but Theodore is killing it right now.

  21. Ducey says:

    The Great One: You can teach defense.

    Interesting that Theodore has a +15 on a Seattle team that has a goal differential of only +2

    Nurse has a +5 on a team that has a goal differential of +39.

    Maybe Nurse is playing the toughs….

  22. Pouzar says:

    The Great One: You can teach defense.Interesting that Theodore has a +15 on a Seattle team that has a goal differential of only +2Nurse has a +5 on a team that has a goal differential of +39.We should know more in a few years but Theodore is killing it right now.

    You can’t teach speed and reach (see Martin Marincin).

  23. FastOil says:

    Nurse will develop a shot when he gains more strength. It’s all about learning what to do, and being able to consistently execute it. He has done that before shown by his draft position, he has the wheels and cajones necessary to excel in the NHL, it will only be a question of his hockey IQ and if it also keeps developing. I think he’ll at least be good.

  24. Pouzar says:

    To the eye it seems like Klefbom has some real nice mobiliy out there. Looked real good in the last minute sequence when the Barons wre trying tie it up.

  25. Ribs says:

    The Great One: You can teach defense.

    Oh good. I was starting to worry about J. Schultz there for a sec.

  26. Pouzar says:

    FastOil: Nurse will develop a shot when he gains more strength. It’s all about learning what to do, and being able to consistently execute it. He has done that before shown by his draft position, he has the wheels and cajones necessary to excel in the NHL, it will only be a question of his hockey IQ and if it also keeps developing. I think he’ll at least be good.

    He’s a bright kid. I think a lot of the giveaways and the percieved poor decision making stems from him trying to do too much on the offensive end as that what scouts said he needed to work on most. Just a theory. Once he makes it to the show he won’t be asked to play 30 min a night playing against the best competition and his game will be simplified to use hi strengths which it to take away time and space with his skating and reach.

  27. The Great One says:

    Ribs: Oh good. I was starting to worry about J. Schultz there for a sec.

    Justin Schultz is 23.

    Theodore is 18 and was barely eligible for the draft.

  28. Ribs says:

    The Great One,

    So it’s too late for Schultz? Or the Oilers just don’t have the guys that can teach defense?

  29. cabbiesmacker says:

    So maybe Nelson can start getting some hat tips for the players he’s helped develop one of these days?

    Eakins was supposed to be some sort of guru for helping who again? Kadri? Some Gardiner?

    Maybe if Smith and Buchberger get a well deserved can tied to their tails in the offseason the Oilers will be smart enough to look for A coaches in their own system. Naaaaaa.

  30. David says:

    Platzer had a goal tonight. Since being traded to Owen Sound and actually seeing ice time he is 18, 11-5-16. By my eye was one of the most effective forwards in rookie camp. interesting long shot prospect to keep watching.

  31. David says:

    Being worried about Nurse is being silly. He was already the Oilers best defenseman in preseason. He’s going to be a beast in a few years. McDavid, Brown and Fox only with one goal between them and only one point each.

  32. supernova says:

    The Great One,

    Are you “dead cat bounce” of “DSF”

    Seems you are always trying to make oiler players and oiler picks look bad.

    They are fine at that on their own?

    If you do operate under one of these monachers that’s fine.

  33. Ribs says:

    supernova,

    Yea, it’s the same guy.

  34. supernova says:

    Ribs,

    Ahh makes sense.

    Has some decent points but is always putting oilers players and picks in the horrible / underperforming column meanwhile for years he touted Vancouver and I have called him out for his skewed view of their “greatness” and he doesn’t back it up now that Vancouver has fallen off, now sabres draft picks.

    At the very least he should hop on a winning bandwagon like Chicago. Maybe he would actually have a point with back up

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