Darnell Nurse's 2016-17 campaign was derailed by an ankle injury that limited him to 44 games, though he still managed to show some improvement over the prior season, lifting his rating from minus-13 to even while improving his point total by one (to 11) despite playing in 25 fewer games. He was able to do that despite playing a much smaller role when healthy, as Nurse averaged only 17:01 of ice time. Long considered one of Edmonton's top blue-line prospects, the 2013 draft's No. 7 overall selected has had a stop-and-go start to his career, with injuries and limited playing time seeming to hinder his development. However, he's still just 22 years old and a likely candidate for a top-four role this season, thanks in part to Andrej Sekera's torn ACL, making Nurse an attractive late-round gamble in fantasy drafts.
Nurse scored a goal and added a helper in a 6-4 loss Tuesday to Los Angeles. Nurse now has five goals and six assists in 42 games this year, as a 37-game absence due to an ankle injury has curbed his offensive production. Still, the 11 points are a new career high for the 2013 seventh-overall pick, who's counted on primarily for his defensive game rather than his scoring prowess. He also still hasn't recorded a power-play point this year thanks to an average of just six seconds per contest with the man advantage.
Nurse finished with two assists and a game-high plus-3 rating in Thursday's 7-4 win over the Bruins. Both of Nurse's helpers came in the first period, as he played a key role in his team scoring four goals in that frame and ultimately chasing goalie Tuukka Rask early in the second. The 22-year-old blueliner had gone minus-2 without a point in his first six appearances following a 35-game absence, but he's started to find the range with three points and a plus-7 rating over the past two games.
Nurse will return to the Oilers lineup Sunday following a 35-game absence. Nurse hasn't played since Dec. 1. His return is great for the Oilers and adds a decent depth option on defense in many fantasy formats. However, after an absence that long you may want to wait and see him playing 100 percent before rostering him.
Nurse (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Sunday's matchup against in Nashville. Having missed 37 games so in his third year, Nurse will have his best chance to play Sunday. The 22-year-old defenseman has 60 hits and 25 blocked shots in his 25 appearances this season, while firing 23 shots on goal in this span. If he does return against Nashville, expect him to fit back into the third defensive rotation, where he averaged 17:40 of ice time.
Nurse (ankle) will not play Friday's away game against the Capitals despite being activated from injured reserve earlier in the day. Considering Nurse has already missed 36 games to his injury, the team must assume that there can't be much harm in holding him out for at least one more. The 22-year-old blueliner will be a likely candidate to return for Sunday's game in Nashville.
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