22-Year-Old Defenseman – Carolina Hurricanes
Ryan Murphy Contract Information:
Murphy signed an entry-level contract in September of 2011 that will pay him $832,500 per season in the NHL and $70,000 at the minor-league level. Included in the deal was a $277,500 signing bonus.
Murphy skated with the Hurricanes on Wednesday.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
As a 20-year-old rookie, Murphy was shaping up to be a full-time member of the Hurricanes last season, and played in all but eight of the Canes’ first 47 games. However, he subsequently suffered an upper-body injury in January, forcing him to miss 18 games, and once healthy, he only played nine more games at the NHL level, spending the remainder of his time at AHL Charlotte. This season, Murphy will surely be given another shot at cracking the Canes’ roster out of training camp, but will face stiff competition for a spot on the third defensive pairing from the likes of Brett Bellemore, Tim Gleason and John-Michael Liles. Murphy has a ton of offensive talent and projects as the Canes’ top puck-rushing defenseman of the future, but it may take another season or two for him to hit his stride.
Murphy is a high-ceiling prospect who should be owned in all keeper leagues. He concluded a brilliant OHL career and after a few years of intensive on the job training will become an impact defenseman for Carolina. A word of caution is in order. Dominating in leagues outside the NHL is worlds away from dominating within the NHL. Murphy is going to have a fine pro career but much like other recent highly touted young defensemen (like Victor Hedman and Adam Larsson to name two) it may be a bumpy road to stardom. Buy with confidence but take the long view as Murphy develops at the NHL level.
It would be a gross understatement to say that Murphy, the 12th overall selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, is an offensive-minded defenseman. The 18-year-old tallied 26 goals and 79 points in 63 games with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL last season, and if he can improve his defensive, Murphy will find himself playing for the Hurricanes sooner than later.