Report: Oilers send Nurse to AHL for Calder Cup playoffs


Darnell Nurse’s lengthy campaign will be extended a while longer.

Nurse, Edmonton’s first-round pick (seventh overall) at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, will reportedly be assigned to the club’s AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City for its playoff series against Utica, per 630 CHED radio in Edmonton.

As mentioned above, Nurse’s year has been a whirlwind. He made the Oilers out of training camp and appeared in two games — including his NHL debut — in mid-October before the club sent him back to his junior team in Sault Ste. Marie.

From there, he enjoyed a stellar OHL campaign — 33 points in 36 games — and, along the way, helped Canada capture gold at the World Juniors.

Now, shortly after getting eliminated in the third round of the OHL playoffs, he’s heading to the American League.

The nephew of ex-NFL QB Donovan McNabb, Nurse is expected to challenge for a roster spot in Edmonton next season and a taste of the Calder Cup playoffs will likely serve him well. He and the Barons will be in tough against top-seeded Utica, however.