By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 06/30/2013

The Edmonton Oilers, parent club of the Oklahoma City Barons, selected defenseman Darnell Nurse with their 1st round selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.  In all, the Oilers drafted two defensemen, four centermen and four wingers.

Nurse, a 6-5, 195-pound blueliner skated last season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. The 18-year old recorded career highs in goals (12) and assists (29) while serving 116 penalty minutes. In all, the Hamilton, Ontario native has appeared in 121 games, recorded 51 points (13-38-51) and served 177 penalty minutes over the last two seasons with Sault Ste. Marie.

Nurse was the OHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year, played for Team Canada at the 2013 Under-18 World Junior Hockey Championship and participated in the 2013 Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game. Other international experiences include a bronze medal with Team Ontario at the 2012 Under-17 Hockey Challenge (named to the tournament All-Star Team) and a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.

At 18 years of age, Nurse has at least one season of eligibility remaining. There are three options for him coming out of training camp in September. He could make the Oilers roster and play there the entire season; make the Oilers roster out of camp and play a maximum of 10 games with the Oilers and then be returned to his junior team;  or be returned to his junior club.

The pedigree of athletic experience runs deep with the Nurse family. He is the son of former Canadian Football League receiver Richard Nurse and nephew of former National Football League quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Edmonton was not finished as they ended up with a total of 10 picks in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. The team acquired three additional picks later in the draft for sending the first of their two 2nd round picks to the Los Angeles Kings. The Oilers also traded a 2nd round choice to the St. Louis Blues for three additional picks.

With their 2nd round choice (56th overall), the Oilers chose Blainville-Boisbriand Armada center Mark Olivier-Roy. They followed that with two 3rd round choices in centerman Bogdan Yakimov (83rd overall) and left wing Anton Slepyeshev (88th overall).

Via their trades with Los Angeles and St. Louis, Edmonton had three selections in the 4th round.  They chose right wing Jackson Houck (94th overall), centerman Kyle Platzer (96th overall) and forward Aidan Muir (113th overall). Their 5th round choice was forward Evan Campbell (128th overall). The Oilers closed out the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by selecting defenseman Ben Betker in the 6th round (158th overall) and centerman Gregory Chase in the 7th round (188th overall).

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