Edmonton selected the 18-year-old seventh overall at the 2013 NHL draft.
He had 41 points (12 goals, 29 assists) and 116 penalty minutes in 68 games with the Ontario Hockey League's Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds last season. He added four points and six penalty minutes in six playoff games.
The six-foot-five, 192-pound blue-liner represented Canada at the 2013 Under-18 World Junior Hockey Championship and participated in the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game.
The Hamilton native is the son of former CFL receiver Richard Nurse and nephew of former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb.
I don't know the room very well yet. I don't know how we're going to react in certain situations. We've had a couple of minor tests throughout the [preseason] ... We'll get to know each other as the year goes on. We'll figure it out.
— Oilers coach Todd McLellan on starting the 2015-16 season without a captain
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