The Edmonton Oilers are hoping Darnell Nurse becomes everything they hoped he could be when they selected him seventh overall in last year’s draft. Nurse had a solid Orientation Camp where his added size and strength paired with his work ethic and compete to make him a noticeable player on the ice.
“I felt pretty good out there,” Nurse said. “I was a lot stronger compared to last year. It was good to go out there, compete and win a lot more battles than I think I did last year.”
In one year, Nurse has managed to grow enough as a player to the point where he appears ready to give the Edmonton coaching staff a difficult roster decision come training camp.
“The big thing for me is I have another year of experience. I’ve went through a lot of different situations playing against top lines all year long. I’ve really pushed myself outside of my comfort zone on the ice and I’ve tried to make myself a complete player. Obviously there is still room to grow but I felt pretty good out there and I’m looking forward to continue my growth.”
Now that Orientation Camp is over, Nurse is zeroed in on his next challenge - making the Oilers roster.
“I can’t wait. I’m looking forward to getting back in the gym and pushing myself even harder. I’ll come in in the best shape possible when September rolls around.”