By Cassie Gage, OKC Barons on 04/10/2014

The Edmonton Oilers have reassigned defenseman Darnell Nurse to the AHL’s Oklahoma City Barons, Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish announced today. Nurse comes to Oklahoma City after captaining the OHL’s Sault St. Marie Greyhounds this past season.

Nurse was the seventh overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He played in 64 regular-season games this past season for the Greyhounds and had 50 points with 13 goals and 37 assists. In nine playoff games, he had eight points with three goals and five assists.

The Hamilton, Ontario, native played his entire OHL career with Sault St. Marie and had 101 points (26-75-101) in 185 career games with the Greyhounds. He participated in 15 playoff games and had 12 points, including eight assists.

Nurse won a bronze medal at the 2012 IIHF World U-18 Championships in Breclav, Czech Republic. He also won bronze with Team Ontario at the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge and was named to the tournament’s all-star team.

He was a member of the gold-medal winning Team Canada squad at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. He was also a participant at the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game.

Nurse is the son of former Canadian Football League wide receiver Richard Nurse, and the nephew of former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb.

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