The Edmonton Oilers will be spending the next few months on a treasure hunt. What are they looking for? Mark Howe 1974, Scott Stevens 1982, Ray Bourque in 1979 or Al MacInnis in 1981. The Oilers will very likely spend their lottery pick on a defenseman at the 2012 entry draft, in search of a franchise defender to go with their exceptional forward group.
- Scouting Report at WJ camp: “Murray is a very good two-way player. He showed a strong first pass, and was calm and reliable in his end. A good skater. Very good acceleration and closing speed although his lateral movement was just ok. Quick release with his wrist shot.”
- Boucher Scouting has Murray’s performance at the WJ’s graded out in his own unique way. The young man was used on the PK and on the RH side during the tournament and was effective in a lower profile role.
- WHL from Above says “When watching Murray, the first thing that comes to the forefront is his skating. He’s an excellent skater and really makes things look effortless out on the ice. He uses that ability to lead the rush and jump into the rush. He also puts up offence because he’s a strong passer and has a very good shot from the point.”
Because his skating is the most obvious skill, Murray gets compared to Scott Niedermayer a lot. His offensive output does not compare well for Niedermayer at the same age:
- Murray at 18: 36, 8-16-24
- Niedermayer at 18: 57, 26-56-82
Different era’s–Niedermayer’s team scored 385 goals and Murray’s will score 180. Murray is in on 15% of Everett’s goals and Niedermayer was part of 21% of Kamloops offense.
I’d bet money Murray’s the target for the Edmonton Oilers. If he was a little meaner they’d love him even more is my guess, but that skating ability will be hard for the Oilers to pass up. My bet is MBS likes him plenty and we’ll have to see about Reinhart’s late break–the Oil King will get a long look during the post-season.
Not much to say about the game tonight, Hitchcock is like Hitchcock in that you know someone is going to be dead and the victim is obvious after the first few frames. The genius of the Hitchcock’s is you’re not exactly sure where the plot twists.