D Ryan Murphy - Kitchener Rangers, OHL (2011, 12th overall, Carolina)
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02-08-2013, 07:08 PM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Waterloo Ontario
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Not only on stats, I've watched him play plenty and I dont like his play for his draft position. Your context is what people who arent biased to him would consider excuses. Yeah the concussion is bad but even with a bad team around him for how highly rated the guy he should be putting up more production than he is.
Youre telling me I have no context or viewings, yet you were the one who was sure he would be great at the world juniors because of how improved his offense and defensive play are and he was brutal in both areas and especially because his elite skating would be awesome on the big ice. I'm not sure your scouting eye is that great with all your viewings, or its a little biased toward him.
There are still about 6 or so D taken after him in that draft that are already looking like much better prospects, that means him going that high isnt a great pick.
As for Mike Green, he progressively had large increases in his production every year in junior and finished top 20 in WHL scoring. Murphys barely in the top 15 dmen in the OHL this year. I didnt see Green play though in Saskatoon so I dont know all the circumstance but from a production stand point what he did is looking better than Murphy. Not a good comparison, his production as an offensive dman increased steadily through junior, like it should for any developing prospect
Murphy is not the only Ranger to have his stats drop off substantially. Rieder is way off pace from last year yet he is actually playing very well.
The Rangers are on pace to score 40 fewer goals this year and to give up roughly 40 fewer goals. The whole team pays more attention to the defensive side of the game.
Murphy's defensive game has improved substantially. He can still take over a game with his skill but he does so less often.
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