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Isles Potential Picks: Ryan Murphy | June

Defensemen, 5’10”, 166 lb, Aurora, ON, Can

Ryan Murphy has spent the last two seasons tearing it up in the Ontario Hockey League with Kitchener Rangers.

Murphy was drafted by the Rangers in 2009 and preceded to have a stand out rookie season. In 62 games, he scored 6 goals and 33 assist for 39 points and led all OHL rookie defensemen in scoring, He then helped Kitchener reach the third round of the OHL Playoffs by putting up 17 points in 20 games.

The stand out rookie campaign drew the praise of legendary coach and CBC commentator Don Cherry, who went as far as to compare him to hall of famer Bobby Orr.

After a stellar rookie campaign Murphy’s play got even better the next season. He broke out for a 26 goals season, as well as putting up 53 assists for 79 points. In the playoffs he added two more goals and nine assists for 11 points. Murphy represented Canada in the U-18 World Junior Championship scoring four goals, nine assists for 13 points. He also played in the CHL Top Prospect game on Team Cherry and was named player of the game for his team.

Murphy is currently ranked 8th by the International scouting service and has been described as creative with the puck and valuable on the power play.  Murphy was on Long Island last Wednesday to visit with Islanders management.

What the Scouts are Saying

Chris Edwards, NHL Central Scouting: "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." (NHL.com)

Matias Strozyk, Elite Pospects: “A fairly small defenseman with strong skating and impressive on-ice-vision. Very creative with the puck. Reads the game well and really valuable with the man advantage. Has a nice release.” (Eliteprospects.com)

Steve Spott, Kitchener Rangers Head Coach: "He’s like no one else in this league. You can’t get to him, you can’t hit him. He’s a kid that’s slippery, his vision is second to none, his hockey sense is second to none. He can skate and he’s got a rocket. He’s got all the intangibles to be an all-star not only in this league, but the National Hockey League." (NHL.com)