2007-08: Ryan Murray was chosen in the first round, 9th overall, of the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft by the Everett Silvertips.
2008-09: Murray spent most of the season with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the SJHL. In 41 games, Murray scored 12 goals and added 26 assists for 38 points. In 5 playoff games, Murray scored 1 goal and added 6 assists for 7 points. Murray received his first taste of WHL actions, playing in 5 playoff games for the Silvertips. He registered 1 assist in those games.
2009-10: In his WHL rookie season, Murray played in 52 games for the Silvertips. He scored 5 goals and added 22 assists for 27 points. In 7 playoff games, he scored 2 goals and added 5 assists for 7 points. Murray played for Team Western at the 2010 U-17 Hockey Challenge, registering 1 assist in 5 games. Murray also played for Canada at the 2010 U-18 World Junior Championship, picking up no points in 6 games. He was named a Top 3 player on his team for that tournament.
2010-11: Murray played in 70 games for the Silvertips, scoring 6 goals and adding 40 assists for 46 points while also adding 45 penalty minutes. In 4 playoff games, Murray scored 1 goal and added 2 assists for 3 points. Murray was named to the WHL Western Conference All-Star Team. Murray played for Canada at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 3 goals and adding 7 assists for 10 points in 7 games.
2011-12: Murray was named a team captain for the Silvertips as an 18-year-old and also represented Canada at the 2012 U20 World Junior Championship. Limited at the beginning of the season due to an ankle injury, he skated in 46 regular season games. Murray finished with an even plus-minus and scored 9 goals with 22 assists and 31 PMs on an Everett team that won just 22 games. Murray was the Everett's leading scorer in the four-game playoff series with Tri-City, scoring 3 goals, including a short-handed tally, and adding 2 assists while finishing minus-2. He skated in all six games during Canada's bronze medal run at the U20 WJC and had 3 assists. Following the season he was one of two junior players invited to the camp for Team Canada prior to the 2012 IIHF World Championship. Murray was ranked 2nd among North American skaters in the final Central Scouting rankings prior to the 2012 NHL Draft.
The most NHL-ready player of the 2012 draft class, Murray is a talented defenseman with few holes in his game. He already has good command in the defensive zone, and can contribute offensively with both good passing skills and a hard, accurate shot. Murray is quite poised for his young age, and has the look of a future NHL captain. He should help anchor a top defensive pairing in the NHL for years to come.
Since Murray doesn’t have many weaknesses, he has the potential to play in the NHL as soon as next season. He can play in all situations and will make an immediate impact on the Blue Jackets as soon as they call him to the pros. If he can’t make the squad, Murray will return to juniors for another season.