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04-23-2013, 09:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Hemsky_83 View Post
This is fair - Nurse's offensive potential is really up in the air at this point - but the defensive "shutdown" ability can't be debated.

He's one of those "top 8" blue-chip prospects in this draft that people are getting excited about, so there's definitely something there.

He's trending a bit behind Pietrangelo/Hamilton did in their pre-draft OHL years, and he's had the luxury of playing with a sublime partner in Ryan Sproul.

Although I made the reference earlier to him being similar to guys like Pietrangelo/Hamilton/OEL in pre-draft immaturity, he's definitely not at the same level as these players offensively.

I retract my earlier statement about his "big-time" potential - I don't think he possesses the hockey sense or offensive skills to be that kind of player. But his gritty style and big-body presence could still be a difference-making asset - anyone have an NHL comp for him? I'm having a hard time coming up with one.
Bogosian which I said earlier wasn't bad, but Bouwmeester with an edge is what I might say - and that is a great player. Nurse's skating really is terrific. Top pairing potential with this guy, could be quite special.

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