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HW 2011 Prospects: Ryan Murphy

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Hockey Wilderness has decided to rank their 30 favorite prospects in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft and will analyze each and every one of them. So on draft day, you'll have a good sense of who's who.

With each post, you will get to understand what type of player he is, and how he can help the Wild. You'll understand his strengths, flaws and get to understand what type of player he'll develop into.

The HW's Rank - The average rank of several of our favorite available rankings, weighted appropriately.

Summary Scout Notes - A broken down version of comments offered by each service. To read the whole explanations, click on the source site and search.

Now, introducing Kitchener Rangers defenseman Ryan Murphy:

Ryan Murphy

#24 / Defenseman / Kitchener Rangers



Mar 31 1993

GP G A P +/- PIM Midterm Rank
Final Rank HW Rank
2010 - Kitchener Rangers

Don't forget to check out the Hockey Wilderness 2011 Draft Page as well. Just click on the picture.


History And Accomplishments

  • 2009 OHL Priority Selection - 1st Round, 3rd Overall (Kitchener Rangers)
  • 2009-10 OHL First All-Rookie Team
  • 2009-10 U17 WHC Silver Medal
  • 2010-11 U18 WJC Top 3 Player on Team
  • 2010-11 U18 WJC Best Defenseman
  • 2011 KHL Draft - 5th Round, 106th Overall (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl)
  • HW's Take:

    Many may not want a defenseman picked with the Wild's first round pick but I'll repeat myself: the Wild lack everything, including a bluechip puck moving defenseman, which is what defenseman Ryan Murphy is. The Wild lack offense from the front AND back end.

    When you look at his stats, you would think you were looking at a forward...

    He's shift, speedy, mobile, and has all the offensive skills to really control the game. He has a very good array of shots and has the hockey sense to know what to do with the puck. Defensively, he positions himself in good spots and uses his stick.

    However, the reason that is concerning many about Murphy is how far can he continue improving his defensive game. His average size isn't exactly what teams want in their defensemen, especially when you have powerforwards like Rick Nash and Milan Lucic bulling their way to the net.

    But hey. We've seen what mini-Jared Spurgeon can accomplish. Now add Murphy's offensive upside to that mix and you get one hell of a dangerous player.

    HW's Projection

    Top pairing offensive defenseman - PP specialist

    Summary Scouts Notes

    For full explanations, click on the links:

    NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards (via

    "Ryan's work on the power play is outstanding, He sees the ice very well and is creative, [has] excellent passing ability and a great shot that he gets through to the net. (He's) also an excellent all-round skater. He's got real good mobility. He's a bit of a gambler. He does move the puck well, but he's going to have to concentrate on making good plays."


    The most skilled prospect at the defense position in the entire 2011 draft ... amazing speed, elusiveness and balance ... as pure gunslinger from the backline as you will find ... possesses a true bomb from the point that is hard, heavy and accurate ... super passer who can make every breakout with ease ... excellent puckhandler ... quick, active stick to deny players ... solid positionally ... hockey sense is simply off the charts ... a leader and very high character player ... with Murphy it's all about the size and strength issues


    Dynamic is the word to use ... dynamic offensive ability, his high end hockey sense and drive to constantly improve ... has that innate ability that allows him to dictate the pace at which the game is played ... patient with the puck and almost always creates a scoring chance from his rush ... poise with the puck ...

    Video Evidence

    NHL Prospect : Ryan Murphy in incoming draft 2011. (via TheHockeyTribute)

    Where Does He Fit With The Wild?

    As our top defensive prospect.

    Not only that, arguably one of our top offensive prospects as well (challenging Mikael Granlund).

    Good Choice At #10?


    But the Wild have had terribly history drafting offensive defenseman in the first round. A.J Thelen busted. Nick Leddy turned into Cam Barker, which also looks like a bust.

    But the past says absolutely NOTHING about the future and Murphy is a dynamo that the Wild cannot pass on.

    How Does He Look As A Wild?


    Comment away!

    Special thanks to Brock Otten, Kirk Luedek, Scott Campbell, and Dan Shrader