As expected, Oilers prospect Darnell Nurse received an invite to Canada’s world junior team selection camp. The seventh-overall pick in 2013 and captain of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds is excited about the opportunity.
“There’s a lot of excitement going on, especially around the rink and in this town,” Nurse said Tuesday, on Oilers Now. “For me, it’s a really exciting moment and I can’t wait to really get everything going and get to the camp. I’m fully aware that I’m capable of playing at that level and it’s going to be a task for me to go out and prove it each day.”
Last year, Nurse was left off Canada’s roster, which was a disappointing experience for the 19-year-old defenceman. Nurse is determined to not let that happen again.
“It was definitely an eye-opener, not having an opportunity to play on the team last year,” Nurse said. “I just went back and worked on my own game and things I can change in order to not be in the same situation when this time came around this year. It’s really just been a focus of mine to do things on the ice a lot more simple and not put myself in as risky of situations as I have in the past and it’s helped me to this point, not only in junior but especially at the beginning of the year when I had the opportunity to stay up and play a few games. It’s a continued process to really keep my game refined and play smart, simple plays as well as being able to contribute at both ends of the ice.”