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Draft prospect Nurse liked Chris Pronger’s ‘hard’ style

Jun 29, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

Darnell Nurse

It would appear Darnell Nurse likes to model his game after NHL veteran defenseman Chris Pronger.

Nurse, a defenseman with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, heads into Sunday’s NHL Draft as the fourth-ranked North American skater, as per NHL Central Scouting.

He’s got the size, standing 6’4″. Pronger is listed at 6’6″. So, there’s one comparable. They’re both towering figures on the back end.

Pronger, who hasn’t played a game in almost two full years after suffering another concussion, had a reputation of being a nasty blue liner to play against.

That’s an element of his game Nurse would like further emphasize, as he will take the next step into realizing his dream as a professional hockey player.

“You watch the game and [Pronger] has so much room just based on the fact of how hard he is to play against,” Nurse told CSN Philadelphia. “That is something I like to take away from his game.”

  1. somekat - Jun 29, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Good, when the Flyers draft this kid, he can learn from the man personally

  2. 950003cups - Jun 29, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Flyers won’t get him. His uncle Donovan McNabb will never allow it. (Just kidding)
    But I’m hearing more and more that the Devils want him if he’s available. I like the Nikita kid, but Lou knows better than me.

  3. snak10 - Jun 30, 2013 at 6:45 AM

    You have a long ways to go to become chris pronger.

  4. cofran2004 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    thats what she said

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