Former Hounds Captain signs two-year deal with Oilers

Darnell Nurse

He was the their top scoring defenceman last season, and now he gets to remain with them for the next two seasons.

The National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers have announced on Monday that they have signed former Soo Greyhounds defenceman Darnell Nurse to a two-year deal worth $6.4 million.

Nurse, who is from Hamilton, Ontario, spent four seasons with the Soo Greyhounds from, 2011-2015, scoring 36 times and setting up 98 others in 221 games along with collecting 326 penalty minutes.

The 23 year old also served as captain of the Hounds from 2013-2015.

In 2013, Nurse was the recipient of the Bobby Smith Trophy for the Ontario Hockey League’s Scholastic Player of the Year, becoming just the second Soo Greyhound to win that award since Jake McCracken did back in 1997.

Nurse, who was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1st round (7th overall) back in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, has already played three full seasons with the Oilers from 2015-2018.

Despite missing the playoffs last season, the 23 year old still set career highs in goals (6), assists (20), points (26), penalty minutes (67) and games played (82).