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Oilers look to defenceman Darnell Nurse to ride shotgun over young talent

Sunday, 06.30.2013 / 3:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Oilers look to defenceman Darnell Nurse to ride shotgun over young talent

NEWARK, N.J. - The Edmonton Oilers have selected defenceman Darnell Nurse with the seventh pick in the NHL draft.

Nurse joins a blue-line that includes Justin Schultz and a young team that includes first-rounders Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, Nail Yakupov and Jordan Eberle.

Nurse was the second defenceman drafted, behind Seth Jones, who went fourth overall to the Nashville Predators. Nurse had 12 goals and 29 assists this past season for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyounds of the Ontario Hockey League.

He is the son of former CFL wide receiver Richard Nurse and nephew of former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb.

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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp