When the Edmonton Oilers selected defenseman Darnell Nurse seventh overall in the 2013 NHL Draft, they probably weren’t expecting him to crack their roster until the 2014-15 season, if not later.
However, that doesn’t mean that the blueliner isn’t shooting for a role with the big club.
The nineteen year old has some awareness of his development, and here’s what he had to say about it:
“Everyone wants to play as fast as possible,” Nurse said. “Playing last year probably wouldn’t have been the best for my development, and you probably take it a little harder when you first get sent down but for me I’m just going to put myself in a position where I’m in the best shape possible and as strong as I can be when September rolls around.”
“I’m close. For sure. I’ve been pushing myself this year to different lengths than I ever have.”
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