Darnell Nurse was no doubt impressive at Oilers Orientation Camp this past week. He’s also coming off an impressive season. The seventh-overall pick in 2013 is expected to come in and compete for a spot on the team out of training camp. However, the recent additions of Griffin Reinhart, Eric Gryba and Andrej Sekera have crowded a once thin Oilers blueline.
The message to Nurse coming out of this week is to keep his head up and work hard to earn that spot.
“What we told Darnell in our exit meetings is don’t be disheartened by the number of one-way contracts or NHL defencemen,” said Oilers President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Peter Chiarelli. “We’re going to have a competition so don’t be disheartened by it. He’s a big, strong kid who can skate and defend and he’s up the ice a lot… He’s strong, he defends, he’s a good pupil and he’s young so he’s got a lot of good things going for him.”