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Nurse to Miss 12 Weeks. Best Timing?

If Darnell Nurse is going to miss 12 weeks, this might be the best time, if there ever was a good one. Nurse alongside Matt Benning have arguably been Edmonton's biggest progression success stories this season. Nurse not on the blue line will be a loss and it's a bad news situation that his injury was worse than expected. He really was coming on strong in his second full season.



It was announced today that Nurse underwent surgery on his ankle and would miss a significant amount of time while he heals up. With three goals and five points in a mostly bottom-pairing role, Nurse was providing both depth and flexibility as a rough, tough and physical presence. Fortunately, bad news comes with good news.

Brandon Davidson


The good news is Davidson is near returning. He'll likely slot in right where Nurse was. Tuesday against a very strong Columbus team, the Oilers will need the defensive depth.

Once Davidson gets reacquainted, he may move up in the ranks of the defense quickly. 

Eric Gryba


The Oilers will also have Gryba ready to make his return in the next few games. Gryba will stay a depth defenseman for the Oilers, but I still contend that he never gets enough credit for the defensive minutes he provides the Oilers. Having him back will be a blessing as well.

It's a blow that Nurse is down for any length of time, but I suppose, if you're going to miss games, miss games when the rest of the team is healthy.

But, who cares what I think right? For now, I'll just keep my mouth shut until I feel like spilling my guts again.







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