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11-15-2012, 08:27 PM
Join Date: Dec 2009
People need to stop viewing Murray as a defensive defenseman.
Murray does play a smart, sound defensive game. He uses his vision and stick very well.
However he is very, very good at the transition too. His puck carrying and passing is what seems to be underrated. His ability to set up forwards and play point on the PP should be seen as just as good.
I like how Sore Loser put it in the CBJ Prospects thread:
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What impressed me the most about Ryan Murray was the same thing that always has - his puck poise. I can remember at least 5-6 times when he single handedly broke out of the defensive zone, gained the red line, and made a pass that would have sprung in the forwards for clean breaks had they been ready for them. He has a swagger about him with the puck that makes him ever dangerous. His one-timer surprised me in it's quickness and accuracy, and his shot in general was hard. I know I saw him wind up 6 or 7 times, but not all of those shots made it through, so he probably wound up with 4 or so shots on net. Not bad when the team only puts up 22, really.
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