This scouting report is on Everett Silvertips Defenseman Ryan Murray. Ryan Murray is the top ranked defenseman in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He is currently the Captain of the Everett Silvertips and has played the previous 3 seasons with the Silvertips in the WHL. He played 6 games for the Canadian national team at the World Championships going pointless through 6 games. During the 2011-2012 Playoffs he led his team in points.
Defenseman / Everett Silvertips - WHL
September 27 1993
Hometown: White City - Saskatoon
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Final CSS North American Rank: 2nd
Future Considerations: 3rd
Hockey Prospect: 2nd
The Hockey Guys: 3rd
Craig's List: 12th
What Do They Say About Him?
‘Murray is a great skater with excellent lateral movement, and sees the game well as plays develop around him. He is a very capable playmaker and can effectively jump into or lead the rush up the ice. With a heavy shot from the point, it certainly appears that Ryan Murray has all of the tangibles that NHL teams love to build around on their blueline'
‘The smooth-skating Murray, who's been asked to fill a pre-tournament spot for late-arriving players, is blessed with excellent hockey abilities ranging from a great hockey sense, to great shot-blocking abilities and sound defensive positioning. The 18 year-old Murray can play big minutes and could make the jump to the NHL as early as next year, which is exactly what the Oilers need. As a result, while Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting is ranked first on most scouts' list, don't be surprised to see him go first overall at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft next June in Pittsburgh.'
‘The 6-foot, 201-pound Murray might not be the flashiest performer available among what many consider to be a deep and talented group of defensemen eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft, but he might be the most consistent.
"I think Murray brings something to the game ... he brings a steadiness to the game to the point that you know he'll play 15 years in the League without any problem," NHL Central Scouting's Peter Sullivan told NHL.com.'
Ryan Murray is the most rounded and polished of the defensemen that are entering the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Though he might not be the flashiest (that honour goes to Mathew Dumba), he has proven himself adept at doing everything well while also providing a leadership role for his Everett Silvertips. He won the rare honour for 18 year olds to be asked to play for Canada at the World Championship. As far as I'm aware the last player to be invited to the World Championship at 18 before the draft was Jordan Eberle. Though he might not have played every game, he played 6 overall, he made his mark and did not look out of place.
Ryan Murray, in my opinion, is almost certainly going to be playing in the NHL next year. The question is which team selects him. I have a feeling that on draft day there could be a shock and Ryan Murray could pip Nail Yakupov to be drafted first overall. The Oilers are in desperate need of good defenders and Murray would bring that to the table.
Ryan Murray is certainly going to be a star at the NHL level and will spend a significant amount of time being a force in the league. With the leadership skills he has exhibited it might not be too outrageous to suggest that Ryan Murray will be a future captain for an NHL franchise in the future.