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12-28-2012, 01:59 PM
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I personally think Murphy is going to be a very VERY good pro player once he learns to adapt his game to the NHL level. His skill set is pretty unique among prospects, and his type of player tends to have a lot of success once they start to get the hang of the NHL game. That said, Riley is the better prospect. He's a much safer bet to reach his upside of a top pairing guy then Murphy is. Murphy's upside is higher, hell Murphy's upside is in that Green/Karlsson stratosphere of offensive defensemen, but he also has a much more difficult road in front of him to get there. I actually like that we aren't really rushing him as a guy like Murphy needs time to develop into what he will become. I'd frankly prefer to see him in the AHL for the 2013-14 season as of right now, though that won't happen if only because Corvo's probably gone after this offseason and we won't shell out to replace him. So unless Sangs, Biega, or someone else blows him away in camp it's Murphy's spot to lose.

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