The Next Ones – Ryan Murphy – NHL 2011 Draft Prospect Profile: Murphy’s Law on the Blueline (via THW)
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Date of birth: March 31, 1993
Place of birth: Aurora, Ontario
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 176
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2011
While fellow 2011 eligible prospects Ryan Strome, Jonathon Hurbedeau and Mike Zibanajed have rocketed up the draft rankings this season and subsequently stolen a chunk of the limelight, undersized blueliner Ryan Murphy remains perhaps the most intriguing and unique prospect in this year’s draft.
NHL Central Scouting has Ryan rated 9th amongst North American skaters. In this writer’s opinion, if he falls outside the top 10 (which CSB’s rankings suggest), the respective team that drafts him will be elated after grabbing the prospect with the most pure skill other than possibly playmaking dynamo centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
There’s no denying his off the chart skill level. There’s no denying his elite skating ability and silky smooth elusiveness. There’s no denying his almost obscene level of creativity and hockey sense. There’s no denying his rocket of a shot and accurate playmaking.
There’s no denying his intelligence, willingness to improve the defensive aspect of his game and his fantastic attitude towards the game.
Why then won’t Murphy be contending for 1st overall as HNIC’s Don Cherry proclaimed earlier in the hockey season?
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