NHL Draft Profiles: Ryan Murphy
It came as a bit of a surprise when Kitchener defenseman Ryan Murphy was sent home from the Canadian under-18 team's selection camp in advance of the Ivan Hlinka tournament this month. Murphy is a skilled, puck-moving blueliner who isn't quite six feet tall but survives and thrives because of his skating and his game smarts -- in other words, he is just the sort of defenseman that would be expected to do well in international play on the Olympic-sized sheet.
That's what more than a few on-lookers at the Canadian camp thought as well.
"Hands down he should have made that team," one NHL amateur scouting director said.
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