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02-03-2014, 09:56 AM
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Watched Darnell Nurse in a 2-1 loss to North Bay on Sunday afternoon. He finished with no points and was even on the afternoon.

Basically the scouting reports on him have been dead on. His defensive zone awareness is unparalleled. He simply doesn't make errors at this level and should be labeled as a shut-down defender.

But his offensive game has a lot of room to grow. Despite having 41 points in 51 games, he still lacks a pro-level shot. And with him being the go to guy on the back end in the Sault, he finds himself doing too much on the offensive end of his game. He had a couple nice rushes, but this type of game will almost certainly lead to numerous turnovers at the pro level.

Fingers crossed that Ekblad falls into our laps because Ekblad's puck moving ability would almost be the perfect compliment to Nurse's defensive ability.

Compared to when I'd seen him earlier this year, I wouldn't say it's a certainty that he plays in Edmonton next fall. He's still got a lot of growth ahead of him, but his game definitely looks promising.

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