Dallas Stars: Ryan Murphy
June, 10, 2011
The latest in a series on top prospects for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft looks at defenseman Ryan Murphy, who plays for Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Ryan Murphy. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: March 31, 1993/Aurora, Ontario
Height/Weight: 5-10/166 pounds
2010-11 Team: Kitchener (OHL)
|NHL Central Scouting||9th (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||6th overall|
|International Scouting Services||8th overall|
|The Hockey News||7th overall|
|Led Ontario Hockey League defensemen in scoring, tallying 79 points (26 goals, 53 assists) in 63 games with the Kitchener Rangers. Registered 11 points (2 goals, 9 assists) in 7 playoff games. Had a team-high 13 points (4 goals, 9 assists) for Canada at the 2011 Under-18 World Championship. Led all defensemen in scoring and was named best defenseman at the tournament.|
|Registered 39 points (6 goals, 33 assists) in 62 games for Kitchener in 2009-10. Had 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists) in 20 playoff games.|
|ESPN.com scouting report|
|Positives: Puck skills. Skating. Creativity. Shot.
Negatives: Size. Decision-making.
Link: ESPN.com Ryan Murphy Profile
|"Ryan's work on the power play is outstanding, He sees the ice very well and is creative, [has] excellent passing ability and a great shot that he gets through to the net. (He's) also an excellent all-round skater. He's got real good mobility. He's a bit of a gambler. He does move the puck well, but he's going to have to concentrate on making good plays" - Chris Edwards, NHL Central Scouting
"Extremely gifted with the puck, Murphy is either a player you have to have on your team or that you can’t handle because of the risk associated with his game. There is no denying that he is one of the most elite offensive defenders to come along in recent years and he can simply dominate play with the puck. He has an absolute rocket for a shot, can stickhandle his way through entire teams and seems to create offense at every turn. His defensive play leaves a lot to be desired and he can try to do too much on his own a little too often or go through stretches of tunnel vision." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"He's a gifted offensive defenseman, but he's weak defensively. To me, I don't even think he's a top-10 pick." - A scout quoted in The Hockey News Draft Preview 2011
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