Ryan Murphy
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Ryan Murphy

Hometown:

Aurora Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1993-03-31

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2011

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

1st round (12th overall), 2011

Weight:

176 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Ryan Murphy skated in 62 games for the Kitchener Rangers as a 16-year-old OHL rookie. He was second amongst Kitchener defensemen with 39 points; scoring 6 goals with 33 assists and was minus-three with 22 penalty minutes. Kitchener finished second in the Midwest Division and reached the Western Conference finals in the playoffs. Murphy scored 5 goals with 12 assists and was minus-two in 20 playoff games.

2010-11: Murphy was the OHL's second-leading scorer amongst defensemen, trailing only Windsor's Ryan Ellis (NSH), in his second season with the Kitchener Rangers. He scored 26 goals with 53 assists and was plus-22 with 36 penalty minutes in 63 games. Kitchener finished second to OHL champion Owen Sound in the Midwest Division but lost a first round playoff series to Plymouth. Murphy had 2 goals with 9 assists and was plus-one in the seven game series. Murphy was the leading scorer for fourth-place Canada at the 2011 U18 World Junior Championship; scoring 4 goals with 9 assists and finishing plus-two in seven games. Ranked ninth amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings, he was selected by the Hurricanes in the first round (12th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Murphy attended camp with the Hurricanes and signed an entry-level three-year contract with Carolina in September before returning to Kitchener for his third OHL season. He bounced back after missing time during the year with concussion issues and was one of the OHL's top offensive defensemen; particularly in the playoffs. In 49 regular season games he scored 11 goals with 43 assists and was plus-14 with 30 penalty minutes. Kitchener finished second in the Midwest Division and lost to eventual OHL champion London in the Western Conference finals. Murphy scored 2 goals with 20 assists in 16 playoff games and was minus-two with 12 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Murphy made his NHL debut, skating in four February games with the Hurricanes, and joined Carolina's AHL affiliate in Charlotte after Kitchener was eliminated from the OHL playoffs. He also played for Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship. Murphy had no points and was -4 with 2 penalty minutes. averaging 21 minutes of ice time with the Hurricanes before being sent back to Kitchener. He had 2 assists in three regular season games with the Checkers and was +1 with 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes in five AHL playoff games. He was the second-leading scorer for Kitchener despite playing in just 54 of 68 games. Murphy scored 10 goals and had a team-best 38 assists and was +14 with 34 penalty minutes. The Rangers finished third in the Midwest Division and lost to OHL champion London in the second round. Murphy scored 3 goals with 4 assists in 10 playoff games and was +1 with 8 penalty minutes. In six games at the WJC he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -2 with 2 penalty minutes. Canada lost to host Russia in the bronze medal game.

 

Talent Analysis

Murphy is one of the league’s premier offensive defensemen prospects. He has all the tools to become the Hurricanes’ power play quarterback down the road. Oozing with talent off the end of his stick, Murphy figures to be one of the league’s biggest point getters among defensemen upon maturity.

Future

On paper Murphy likely figures to be the Hurricanes’ seventh defenseman for the 2013-14 season, splitting time with Mike Komisarek on the team’s bottom pairing while receiving plenty of time on the power play.

 

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