PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Darnell Nurse, a defenseman who plays for the Saulte Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL, is currently considered the best at his position in the Ontario Hockey League.
He’s so good, that an NHL scout compared Nurse to Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger.
“He’s the kind of guy who is not going to make a lot of mistakes,” NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards told NHL.com. “He’s steady and solid, and you can trust him out there.”
If Nurse’s last name seems familiar, it’s because it’s the same as Donovan McNabb’s wife Roxie’s maiden name. Roxie is Darnell’s aunt, and was a standout athlete herself – she was a star guard for the Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team in the mid-90’s.
Darnell Nurse says his uncle Donovan has been a big influence. “From a physical standpoint, being able to work out with guys who’ve been through the experiences, as well as being in a house with so many competitors, is great,” Nurse told NHL.com. “But the three biggest people, to be honest, are my parents [Richard and Cathy] and Uncle Donovan [McNabb].”
Nurse, who just turned 18, figures to be selected in June’s NHL Draft.