2008-09: Connor Murphy scored 7 goals with 11 assists in 35 games for the Ohio Blue Jackets U16 midget major team.
2009-10: Murphy played for the U.S. NTDP U-17 team and the NTDP squad that played in the USHL. In 8 games for the U-17 team, he scored 1 goal. Murphy registered no points in 2 games for the USHL club. Murphy is the son of former NHL defenseman Gord Murphy.
2010-11: In 9 games for the U.S. NTDP's USHL team, Murphy scored 3 goals and added 1 assist for 4 points. Murphy played for the USA's gold medal team at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 3 goals and adding 1 assist for 4 points in 6 games. Murphy has committed to Miami University for the 2011-12 season.
2011-12: After being selected by the Coyotes in the first round (20th overall) in the 2011 NHL Draft, Murphy backed out of his commitment to play college hockey at Miami, deciding to play junior hockey instead. He signed with Sarnia in July 2011 but his OHL debut with the Sting was delayed when he suffered a knee injury at the U.S. National Team Evaluation Camp that required surgery. Murphy signed a three-year entry-level contract with Phoenix in August 2011. He played his first game for the Sting at the end of November and made an immediate impact,. Murphy scored 8 goals (six on the Sting power play) with 18 assists, and was minus-three with 26 penalty minutes in 35 regular season games. Sarnia finished second in the West Division and in the six-game playoff series with Sarnia Murphy scored once (on the power play) in the six-game playoff series and was minus-two with 2 assists and 6 penalty minutes.
A rangy blueliner who is a very mobile skater, Murphy is still growing into his size and high potential. He is a smooth skater who gets around the ice and plays a smart, confident game with and without the puck. Plays with some good physicality and is very effective with a long reach and wing span.
Murphy has already battled some tough injuries in his young career but was impressive in his shortened first season with the Sarnia Sting. Will return to the Sting and should become one of the top blueliners in the OHL.