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Oilers cut top prospect Nurse from camp roster

Sep 25, 2013, 9:03 AM EDT

Darnell Nurse #74 of the Edmonton Oilers skates past the defence of Jannik Hansen #36 of the Vancouver Canucks during a preseason NHL game at Rexall Place on September 21, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse was a long shot to make the team after being selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. After all, they have seven blueliners signed to one-way contracts, not including Justin Schultz or Anton Belov.

Still, Nurse had a great camp and managed to stick around deep into the preseason. He had an assist and a plus-two rating in 19:32 minutes of playing time in Edmonton’s 5-3 victory on Tuesday before the team announced that he would be returned to the OHL Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

“It sucks,” Nurse told Inside the Oilers. “There’s nothing fun about it but (the Oilers) have the best plan for me and my development and I’m going to go back and dominate my league and hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to play in World Juniors.”

Although he has to be disappointed, Nurse also recognizes what he accomplished. He doesn’t have any regrets when it comes to his on ice performance over the last couple weeks.

The 18-year-old is one of the Oilers’ most promising prospects and given that Edmonton only has two defensemen signed to one-way contracts beyond 2013-14, it wouldn’t be surprising if the team leaves an opening so that he has a shot to earn a spot next season.

  1. nflnhlrulznbasux - Sep 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Another season and we’re all waiting for this promise of something special. But you know what? The Oilers suck! In 23 years, their entire line up will consist of high first round draft picks (minus the ones that will leave after their contract ends) each earning 6 million a year. I guess, pay the kids early because no free agent wants to play there, no players want to be traded there.

    • sjsblitz - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      There developing quite well, give them a couple more years and Edmonton will be a serious contender. Edmonton is a nice area, has rich history, doesnt have ownership issues, and good fans. I dont see a reason why a player wouldnt want to sign there

      • longcutskolvikes - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        The winter. Other than that… I’ve always had a soft spot for the Oilers, and I’m looking forward to watching them play this year.

  2. malvaren18 - Sep 25, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    With the oilers defence I would be surprise to see this guy in An Oilers jersey half way through the season

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