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Nw: No longer loyal. No longer loyal at all. Darnell Nurse out a few weeks, TSN experiences

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David Staples  •  Edmonton Journal

Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse (25) reacts to a penalty in a game against the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Place on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019.
Edmonton Oilers’ Darnell Nurse (25) reacts to a penalty in a game in opposition to the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Role on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. Picture by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia

This in from TSN’s Ryan Rishaug on Darnell Nurse’s injury: “Sounds treasure a damaged finger for Nurse, and potentially 2-3 weeks restoration time. Gigantic loss for the Oilers but alternative for Broberg to be examined.”


The Oilers beget placed Nurse on injured reserve, along with Slater Koekkoek. Mike Smith is now on Prolonged Time frame Injured Reserve, with the Oilers recalling William Lagesson and Philip Broberg from the AHL.


My take

1. Right here will not be any longer loyal. Right here will not be any longer shut to loyal. Nurse has been taking half in treasure an all-broad title, treasure a Team Canada d-man, and there’s no one shut to his level of play on the left facet who can step up and replace him.

2. This also comes as a shock, as Nurse was remaining viewed charging up the ice on a two-on-one with Leon Draisaitl in OT in opposition to the Winnipeg Jets and nearly scoring on Drai’s feed. But Nurse will beget to be taking half in with some nagging injury, it might per chance per chance well seem.

3. Within the past few video games Nurse has been taking half in as vital as ever, but he’s long past proper into a defensive paddle, with out be conscious leaking Grade A shots in opposition to. I’ve frequently observed that after avid gamers gain banged up, they lunge into defensive slumps, so per chance Nurse has been facing something for awhile here, though that is pure speculation on my allotment.


4. He had likely his worst game of the yr on Tuesday in Winnipeg. Right here’s what I wrote about Nurse after that game, when he got a game grade of three out of 10: “His worst game of the yr? Likely. He lost too many battles. Five valuable mistakes on Grade A shots in opposition to at even strength. His leisurely turnover in the first resulted in a substandard Dubois shot. Hammered Blake Wheeler with a difficult hit. He got beat any other time on a deadly chance by Dubois in the third.”

And from his Sunday game vs St. Louis, where Bruce McCurdy graded him proper four out of ten: Among the many defensive culprits on 2 Blues targets, beaten by key passes on each the 1-0 and the 4-4. Did arrange a secondary help on the game-winner.”

And the earlier game in Buffalo, where McCurdy also gave him a four out of ten: “Conducted his archaic 24+ minutes with 7 shot makes an strive, 3 of them on honest. Made a few inconceivable defensive stops in one-on-one scenarios. But he made a key mistake on the game winner when he took the puck deep in the ozone handiest to gain stripped of possession in the nook and caught out on the subsequent jailbreak. Took a penalty.”


Final evening in opposition to Winnipeg, Ira Cooper gave him a 5 out of ten: Nurse struggled tonight but he did pause up taking half in over 31 minutes, had six hits and, as always, skated miles and broke up a mammoth alternative of performs along with his loyal stick. There had been many mistakes though. He and Bouchard had been no longer in a position to acknowledge Connor popping out of the box and it nearly mark them. He omitted the web on a soft location-up by Hyman leisurely in the 2nd after a PK. An unpleasant option shorthanded in OT to take a peek at and skate the puck out after a plump minute plus of defending resulted in a soft chance in opposition to.”

Nurse got his remaining sturdy grade, seven out of 10, eight day ago in Edmonton’s take over Boston. He’s had a mini-paddle and, any other time, over time I’ve frequently observed that injury ends in downhearted results for loyal avid gamers.


4. Nurse and Cody Ceci beget performed sturdy hockey this yr, but Tyson Barrie has come on at this time. His defensive game has settled down and he’s making amazing passes on the assault. When Barrie stops making an strive to manufacture too vital, when he performs an extraordinarily clear-gash game and takes care of his possess pause before all the issues, the individual can play some effective and impactful NHL hockey.

5. The Oilers beget already recalled Philip Broberg , the hot shot AHL rookie dman. Broberg is a left shot, as are Nurse and Slater Koekkoek, now each out with injury. The Oilers also beget Duncan Keith and Kris Russell on the left facet. Keith has performed OK hockey to this level, whereas Russell in the terminate regarded something treasure his old model interesting and stubborn defensive self in his remaining game, but it indubitably’s a stretch to evaluate they’ll be triumphant for long as Edmonton’s No. 1 and No. 2 left shot d-man. On this form, the shortcoming of Nurse is a broad, valuable, mammoth blow to the Oilers. It simply is. No manner to sugar coat this one. He was the anchor of the total defence and the Oil will be hurting unless he gets help.


6. William Lagesson performed some Top 4 at Adam Larsson’s facet for a few video games remaining yr and held his possess unless he didn’t. Also can we see Lagesson crew up with Cody Ceci on a shut-down pairing, with Keith and Barrie on the tip-pairing and Bouchard and Russell or Broberg on the third? I’m unsure. Or will it is Broberg and Ceci? There are loads of alternatives but all of them seem considerably iffy, highlighting proper how well-known Nurse is to the Oilers proper away.

7. One silver lining? The Oilers beget lost a few key avid gamers recently, initiating with Adam Larsson remaining summer season, and now Smith and Nurse to injury. To this level, Cody Ceci and Stuart Skinner beget performed stable work changing Larsson and Smith. Now comes a valuable test. Can Broberg, Lagesson, Russell and Keith one draw or the other absorb in for Darnell Nurse for the following couple of weeks? This will likely be a broad test of Edmonton’s depth.


P.S. Right here is my Cult colleague Ira Cooper on Broberg:

At long remaining Oilers followers will gain to appear the NHL debut of Philip Broberg. The phrase ‘at long remaining” is certainly former facetiously as, whereas Broberg is certainly a critical prospect, he grew to change into 20 years old model no longer 6 months ago. Broberg has been a famously controversial prospect for the reason that day Ken Holland drafted him eighth general with in the 2019 draft, slightly of a stretch vis-à-vis most draft rankings and with a stable handful of high-pause expert forwards on the board, an organizational need of the Oilers at the time.

While Broberg’s bodily attributes and uncooked skill had been the reason he was drafted in the tip 10, cheap projections on draft day for Broberg incorporated substantial pattern time out of doorways of the NHL and budge one other yr or two in the Swedish Hockey League adopted by a yr in the American Hockey League. The Oilers organization has certainly adopted the “long-game” on Broberg to this level as he spent his draft plus 1 and draft plus 2 seasons in the SHL ahead of coming over to North American and taking half in the first 13 video games of his draft plus 3 in the AHL.


Broberg didn’t stand out at rookie camp or major camp this season. He wasn’t inaccurate but he didn’t separate himself from a long list of left shot defencemen vying for the bottom pairing of the NHL roster. He did indicate his uncooked attributes all over his exhibition video games but what stood out primarily the most was his struggles with the tempo of the game on the smaller ice ground and the draw exiguous time there’s to manufacture decisions on puck retrieval. Broberg reputedly took 2-3 mountainous hits on puck retrieval in each exhibition game and it grew to change into evident that, whereas he was certainly a high-ceiling prospect, AHL pattern time was valuable.

Broberg first handful of video games in the American Hockey League had been more of the identical. He struggled with the tempo of the North American pro game, how swiftly attackers closed gaps and was brutalized on the defensive boards. He was no longer in a position to make employ of his elite skating and bodily attributes.


After about 5 video games, something gave the impact to click on and all the issues modified. It gave the impact the game “slowed down” for the young d-man, he began to manufacture performs and fabricate self belief. Over the leisure 7-10 video games, Broberg has been sensational in the AHL and has been the Condors’ top d-man with out ask. He has been taking half in 21-24 minutes per game and in all scenarios. He’s former on the penalty atomize and he’s a mainstay on the first energy play unless (which scored in the crew’s first 12 video games of the season).

Broberg is critical mainly for his elite skating – he’s a mammoth skater each forward, backward and laterally with loyal edges and a high pause first step. He has the skill to swiftly beat an attacker and lunge the puck out of hazard and up the ice. In that regard, he has the aptitude to be an elite zone exit and zone entry player along the lines of Darnell Nurse. His tempo and skating are now evident, no longer handiest each game but also, from shift to shift. He has taken marked steps in hasty option making on puck retrieval, the employ of his skating to transition the puck out of hazard and to beget chaos in the offensive zone. Within the previous few video games I indubitably beget observed an uptick in his self belief at the offensive blueline, standing his ground and breaking up attempted zone clears. He tranquil struggles slightly with gap management on the frenzy but presentations a loyal stick but most 20 yr old model d-men manufacture.


In a lot of how, Broberg will remind Oilers followers of Darnell Nurse. On the AHL level, Broberg is in every single place the ice, transitioning the puck, growing chaos in the offensive zone, taking the puck in opposition to the web and showing elite restoration tempo on the backcheck. While Broberg is a mountainous man, the one issues Nurse has that Broberg would not, is the mean dash and physicality.

The other player to review Broberg to is Oscar Klefbom given their pattern paths. Klefbom also spent his draft plus 1 and plus 2 seasons in the SHL earlier than coming over to North America and initiating his draft plus 3 season in the AHL. One distinction being, Klefbom was given 48 AHL game ahead of his lift and Broberg is being summoned after handiest 13. In a lot of how, one can argue that Broberg is earlier than Klefbom given Broberg’s 10 assists in the 13 video games, whereas Klefbom had the identical 10 parts (1 honest) but in 48 video games. With that acknowledged, Broberg is making hello on the powerplay where he has 6 of his 10 assists and Klefbom was in the help of the likes of Brad Hunt and Taylor Fedun and was no longer given the identical powerplay opportunities. In that regard, Oilers followers shouldn’t ask offensive production from Broberg on this call-up as we are in a position to make sure he might per chance no longer be receiving powerplay time in the shut to future.

Fan, the day before at the present time: Darnell Nurse is over-paid and over-rated.

Fan, at the present time: With out Darnell Nurse we’re so screwed.


— Kurt Leavins (@KurtLeavins) November 19, 2021


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