Future Considerations


Coyotes’ Connor to Sarnia Sting
July 27, 2011, 7:57 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

Connor Murphy is now a member of the Sarnia Sting.

The United States’ National Team Development Program standout surprised many by forgoing his college commitment in favour of the Ontario Hockey League. Murphy had committed to Miami University in February of 2010.

In an injury plagued nine games with the NTDP last season, Murphy had three goals and four points in nine games. He added three goals in six games to help Team USA to a gold medal performance at the 2011 World Under-18 Championship, including the game-winning overtime goal against Sweden in the gold medal game. Continue reading

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Murphy hopes for Carolina home
July 17, 2011, 1:56 pm
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From Brian Huddle:

It is 1200 kilometers from Kitchener, ON. to Raleigh, NC.

But hockey fans down in Carolina have never felt closer to the Canadian city.

One year after drafting 2011 NHL Calder Trophy Winner Jeff Skinner, the Carolina Hurricanes once more dipped into the Steve Spott factory of NHLers, taking defenseman, Ryan Murphy. Continue reading



FC at the Draft: Connor Murphy – Phoenix Coyotes
July 4, 2011, 7:03 pm
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FC at the Draft: Ryan Murphy – Carolina Hurricanes
June 26, 2011, 11:12 am
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Coyotes select Murphy with 20th pick in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 9:55 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Phoenix Coyotes have selected US NTDP defenseman Connor Murphy with the 20th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Murphy, the son of former NHLer Gord Murphy, plays a well rounded two-way game with solid skating ability and mobility. Where he shines is his blend of size at six-foot-three and smarts. Murphy uses his active stick and size to quickly separate the puck from the opposition and can read the play well. His wingspan forces opposing forwards to stick to the outside.

Offensively, Murphy is an attractive package as well. He isn’t shy to jump into the play, when safe to do so, and has a good, accurate shot from the point. Continue reading



‘Canes take Murphy 12th overall in 2011 NHL Entry Draft
June 24, 2011, 8:46 pm
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From Aaron Vickers:

The Carolina Hurricanes selected Ryan Murphy of the Kitchener Rangers with the 12th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

There isn’t a defenseman in the draft that possesses the offensive upside that Murphy has.

A dynamic offensive talent, Murphy can quarterback a powerplay with his vision, take the puck end-to-end with his smooth skating, or make a quick outlet with his excellent passing ability. There isn’t anything on the offensive side of the puck that the Aurora, ON. native cant do. This is evident in his 26 goals and 79 points in 63 games this season. Continue reading



Murphy Grapes’ cherry on top
June 23, 2011, 7:13 pm
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From Brian Huddle:

Ryan Murphy, first overall?

Grapes thinks it has a certain ring to it.

Earlier this year, Murphy became one of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft’s most recognizable names amongst hockey fans thanks to infamous hockey broadcaster Don Cherry. The spotlight of not only the hockey hotbed that is Kitchener, but prospect and draft nuts everywhere were focused on the Aurora, ON. native after Cherry boldly guaranteed in mid-November that Murphy would be the first player taken in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

It didn’t take long for Murphy to find out about the praise.

“It was pretty cool,” Murphy remarked. “I was on the bus, coming back from a playoff game in London last year, and I had about 36 messages on my phone from friends and family saying that Don Cherry was saying some stuff about me.” Continue reading