Darnell Nurse takes top spot in Edmonton Oilers Top 20
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02-26-2014, 05:00 PM
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You missed the most important attribute Hockey IQ. Nurse doesn't have a lot IMO. I still say we'll be lucky if he ends up as a middle pairing dman, has higher potential but so have lots of other guys.
The only knock against Nurses hockey IQ is that he makes bad decisions with the puck from time to time making risky plays. Most of those habits come from being the #1 go to defense on your OHL who is relied up to do multiple things (shut down and score points), this often results in hanging on to the puck to long
Those bad habits can be fixed with some added coaching and film watching. And in the NHL he will be making simpler decisions as the game is faster. Marincin for example was risky in the WHL and AHL but simplified his game in the NHL.
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