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.
[Stamkos] is a great teammate and a great leader, that's why he's got the 'C'. He brings that tremendous work ethic to the rink and he's one of the top players in the game. I know if I put the passes where they are supposed to be, there's a very good chance he's going to put it in the back of the net.
— Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin on linemate Steven Samkos
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