One of the bright spots on defence this season has been the growth and development of the younger players, which includes Oscar Klefbom,Brandon Davidson and Darnell Nurse. Add in players like Griffin Reinhart,Jordan Oesterle and Dillon Simpson, who continue their development at the AHL level, and the Oilers appear to have a pretty decent future on the blueline.
While Klefbom has established himself as a legitimate top pairing defenceman and Davidson has surpassed expectations playing predominantly bottom pairing minutes, Nurse has struggled this season. He’s playing a significant amount of minutes, including an extended stint on the top pairing with Andrej Sekera, and typically going up against the other team’s top players. While some may argue that this is great for Nurse’s development, he’s posting some alarming underlying numbers that indicate he might be in over his head.
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