D Ryan Murphy - Kitchener Rangers, OHL (2011, 12th overall, Carolina)
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10-18-2012, 03:19 PM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
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Problem is, he has terrible execution and defensive awareness.
The thing is this is not an accurate statement to characterize his game. Most of the time, his offensive execution is second to none. He has had stretches in his career of 5-10 games here and there where it has been poor, but when on, he is matched by no one.
I'll grant you his defensive game needs work, but I don't think it's as much about awareness, which refers more to positioning and reaction time, but more that he's soft on the body and in front of the net and he's a risk taker with the puck in his end leading to some turnovers. If coaches get that out of him, his skating alone can make him an effective enough defener. He has a long way to go to build a complete game, but it doesn't sound like you have seen him at the top of his game (witness playoff series vs. Windsor in '10 and London in '11 as key examples). Pure dominance. No asterisks.
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