2.Ryan MurrayPos: D
WT: 195 lbs
Born: White City, SK
|2011-12||Everett Silvertips||Games 10||G 3||A 3||Pts 6|
|2010-11||Everett Silvertips||Games 70||G 6||A 40||Pts 46|
|2009-10||Everett Silvertips||Games 52||G 5||A 22||Pts 27|
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Without question Murray is considered the top defenseman available for selection in the 2012 NHL Draft. Ryan is an impact player who plays for the Everett Silvertips of the WHL. At times in his rookie season he even averaged over 30 minutes in ice time a game. Quite the workload for such a young player.Ryan is noted for his great puck moving ability, and has been considered as a player in the mold of Scott Niedermayer. Murray is not as much about being a point maker but rather has a bigger future as a two-way defenseman in the NHL.
Could you imagine a incredible all around defenceman manning our blueline in a couple years who can play like this guy? Another defenceman may move up the ranks by draft time, but hands down he is the best all around defenceman available that is a genuine puck mover. The concern at this moment has to be the injury he sustained recently.
Of course that is only putting Murray into the lineup with players that are currently playing or have been playing on the roster. With other prospects that could be ready to go soon enough from the minors or Jrs in the next years you may have a far different look. My point is, I like that first pairing we could actually call a potential top defensive pairing in the NHL
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