Jim Matheson’s Hockey World this morning puts taking Yakupov over Ryan Murray at “60/40″ which suggests that the chances of the Russian playing in Edmonton are increasing as the weeks roll along.
This is a Silvertip Bear. If he could skate he’d be Chara. Matheson’s Hockey World is here and I do think the organization is leaning toward Yakupov now. I don’t have a lot of evidence, but the fact they brought in Nail early in the week–when the news cycle could expose the young man on all media including the 6 o’clock news and the impact sports radio shows–suggests in a small way the club is leaning in that direction. Murray got here Friday and anyone who lives in Edmonton knows the city is either at the lake, in the pail or working in the back yard by Friday afternoon at six.
I’ve been trying to find a way to focus on how much offense Murray might have lost based on the quality of his team. I’m going to compare him to Dougie Hamilton’s draft year in the chart below in an effort to see if “team effects” have clouded his offense significantly.
|STAT||RYAN MURRAY||DOUGIE HAMILTON|
|GPG WO/PLAYER||2.23||2.00 (one game)|
|EV PTS||6-6-12 (.261)||3-23-26 (.388)|
|PP PTS||2-16-18 (.391)||9-22-31 (.463)|
|PK PTS||1-0-1 (.022)||0-1-1 (.015)|
What does this mean? I think the offense is much closer than it would appear, considering Everett is such a poor offensive club. How poor? Their 185 goals this season was the third worst total in the WHL. More to the point, their 185 goals were split like this: 123 evens, 51pp, 11pk. Hamilton’s club saw their goals divided like this: 193 evens, 68pp, 12pk. I think Murray’s totals–especially at even strength where the Niagra club was so much stronger–suggest the gap is much closer than the boxcars suggest.
Based on these numbers, the team taking Ryan Murray will be pleasantly surprised by how much he contributes to the offense.