The nephew of former NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb, Darnell Nurse is considered one of the top defensive prospects in this year’s draft. In his second OHL season, Nurse tallied 41 points (12 goals, 29 assists) and a team-leading 116 PIM in 68 games. He also reversed his plus/minus from minus-15 his rookie season to a plus-15 rating in 2012-13.
Darnell Nurse Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, OHL
Sault Ste. Marie
Chris Edwards, NHL Central Scouting:
“He’s the kind of guy who is not going to make a lot of mistakes. He’s steady and solid, and you can trust him out there. Anytime you get a guy his size, who skates as well as he does and plays a physical game, it’s fun to watch.”
This past season Sean Monahan finished as the Ottawa 67’s leading scorer with 78 points (31 goals, 47 assists) in 58 games. This was the second straight season the Brampton, Ontario native finished with 78 points, and his first as team captain. He also played in the CHL top prospects game, which features players from the OHL, QMJHL, and WHL.
Ottawa 67's, OHL
Chris Edwards, NHL Central Scouting
“Sean has high-end puck skills and playmaking ability. He has very good offensive instincts and creates offense every shift.”
Each day of the week leading up to the draft, newyorkislanders.com will break down prospects from different leagues.
Wednesday: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Thursday: Ontario Hockey League
Friday: Western Hockey League