Draft Profile: Ryan Murphy

I hope Ryan Murphy ends up being an Edmonton Oiler. I don’t know how they’d get him because Murphy’s talents are obvious and available for all to see.

Ryan Murphy can rush the puck. Smooth skating, good decisions, elusive. He’s a special player. I’m not certain what his NHL career looks like or who really to compare him to, but by eye and by math this young man is special.

Of the 8 kids we’re talking about at the top of the draft, the two truly unique teenagers are Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Ryan Murphy.

Yesterday, I interviewed Kirk Luedeke from Bruins Draft Watch on the Nation Radio Show. At the end of the interview I asked him who the Bruins would take at #9. The response was that Boston was all over Murphy but there’s a great deal of certainty that a team ahead of Boston is very strong on him too.

Ryan Murphy has an enormous future.

  • Kirk Luedeke, Bruins Draft Watch: The most skilled prospect at the defense position in the entire 2011 draft, and you can make the case that he could be the most talented player overall. A 5+ skater on the 1-5 scale; explosive acceleration, dynamic top speed with extra separation gear. A master of his edges; can cut and turn on a dime and shake would-be forecheckers with ease. When he revs it up through the neutral zone, few can slow him down.
  • NHL Central Scouting’s Chris Edwards: “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.”
  • Kitchener Rangers head coach Steve Spott: “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.”
  • Redline Report Scouting Report at the Top Prospects Game: Showed off how dynamic he can be with the puck on his stick. Wheels easily out of his own end, and if you let him build up a head of steam through the neutral zone, it’s all over. He can go end-to-end and roast even top-notch defenders. Terrific foot and hand speed. Won every race to loose pucks. Tried to play physical and step up on bigger guys, but unsurprisingly got knocked around quite a bit.

Someone is going to draft a dynamic player in Ryan Murphy.

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