Ryan Murphy - Photo Courtesy of NHL.com

 

Ryan Murphy, D

Shoots: R

Height: 5-11

Weight: 168

Born: 1993-03-31

Hometown: Aurora, Ont., Canada

Drafted: 2011 by Carolina, 12th overall

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

 

April 2015 - The Hurricanes front office was hoping that the 2014-15 season would be Ryan Murphy’s breakout campaign in the NHL. After spending the first 6 games of the season with the Canes, Murphy was sent down to Charlotte where he was the by far the Checkers best player.  In 25 games in Charlotte, Murphy recorded 17 points (all assists) and was named to the 2015 AHL All-Star Game.  When he returned to the Canes in late December, Murphy played some of the best hockey of his young career.  His turnovers were down, his defensive positioning was improved, and the former Kitchener Ranger showed more ability to handle NHL forwards in one on one situations. Unfortunately, the young defenseman suffered a knee injury that caused him to miss a month of season and he struggled to keep the momentum through the end of the season. When the season finished, Murphy had played in 37 games and recorded 13 points (4G, 9A) with five of those points on the powerplay.  Murphy will always be an intriguing prospect due to his offensive upside and ability as a powerplay specialist. The Hurricanes have shown the patience to let Murphy learn on the job in his time in the NHL and he will be expected to be a integral part of their defensive corps in 2015-16. Kevin LeBlanc

 

October 2014 - Murphy has again been sent down to Charlotte. Murphy is second on the team with 13 shots on goal but only has one assist and a minus -3 in six games played. We will most likely see him again this season but look at this as a wake up call from Bill Peters that even the top four defensmen isnt safe. - Andrew Ward

 

October 2014 - Murphy made the Hurricanes for the third time in as many years, but again his hold seems tenuous. He was a healthy scratch in Game 1. However, his minutes were up over 20 in the ensuing two contests and was a plus-1 with six shots on goal. He has nothing to prove in the AHL as he posted 22 points in 22 games there last season. Dobber

 

March 2013 - From an offensive production standpoint, Ryan Murphy had a very disappointing regular season but he finished the season strong with nine points in his final five games. Murphy's 10 goals and 48 regular season points were his lowest totals since his rookie season but he did improve his defensive game slightly in his fourth OHL campaign. In the OHL Western Conference Coaches' Poll, Murphy was named the third best stickhandler, a category he finished second in during his previous two seasons. Brendan Ross

 

 

February 2013- Murphy was an emergency call-up for the Hurricanes for two games this month. Unfortunately, Murphy wasn't able to make a difference as the Hurricanes dropped both decisions. Despite the poor results and minus-4 rating, Murphy did average around 24 minutes of ice in both contests. Travis Watson

 

 

February 2013 – Murphy started the season rather poorly, compiling only a single assist in his first eight games, then he started to click. After playing a quiet World Junior Hockey Championship, he was invited to Hurricanes’ camp but was not given an extended look. It is impressive that since returning to the OHL he has posted 15 points in 13 games. Jason Banks

 

October 2012 - Ryan Murphy was named to the 2012 Subway Super Series Team OHL Roster slated to compete in a six-game series versus the Russian National Junior Team in November. Brendan Ross

 

December, 2011 – Ryan Murphy didn’t have a lot of time to lick his wounded ego after being cut from Carolina’s main camp. Sidelined with concussion-like symptoms following a dirty hit that earned Kuhnhackl a 20-game suspension, Murphy looked a shadow of his former self in his return. Initially a strong contender for a spot on Team Canada, the injury and its after-effects earned him a cut early on in the process. One of many young players now grappling with the scary and lingering realities of a concussion, 2011-12 looks to be a write-off. A near-generational talent on the powerplay, the Canes can only hope Murphy rebounds. Matthew Bugg

 

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

High upside and he could start to soar at any moment. But hasn't shown a lot (offensively) at the NHL level throughout his many cups of coffee with the Canes.

 

 

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