Scouting:(Photo: Aaron Harris/Toronto Star)
He is smooth on the blue line as he is big, plays physical, and is extremely mobile for a player his size. He mirrors his game after Chris Pronger and there is a resemblance. Nurse is strong with the puck on his stick and makes the high percentage play. His ability to recognize and execute the right play is up Nurse's alley as he is considered one of the smartest hockey players in the draft this year.
Finding flaws in Nurse's game is difficult to do as he remains positionally sound on almost every tape and appears to be one of the hardest working, in-your-face players on the ice at all times. One part of Nurse's game that isn't quite there yet is his offensive game. He is good but not great. His shot needs some work but many feel that the offensive game will come as he plays professionally and fills out in his 192 lbs. frame.
Fit with Flyers:(Photo: Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
He would be a welcomed addition for the Flyers as he has been compared to Chris Pronger and his uncle (by marriage, not blood - relax!) is Donovan McNabb. Nurse attributes a lot of his maturity dealing with off the ice things, such as the media, scouts, and team interviews, to McNabb who helped prepare him for what was in store.
Nurse has been a difficult player to peg with where he might go in the draft. Early mock drafts suggested that Nurse would be a top-5 pick. His stock then dropped and it sounded like he would be available for the Flyers at 11th overall and even later if they wanted to move back. Now, Nurse's stock has sky rocketed to the point where he was invited to Game 3 of the Stanley Cup with the consensus top-3 picks: Nathan MacKinnon, Seth Jones, and Jonathan Drouin. It sounds as though Nurse will not be available for the Flyers when they select 11th overall although it would be cause for celebration if he was still on the board.
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