D Ryan Murphy - Kitchener Rangers, OHL (2011, 12th overall, Carolina)
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02-24-2013, 09:41 PM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: The Triangle
I can't comment on his junior career because I didn't watch it.
What I can comment on is the past 3 NHL games he has played. While he has not been super defensively, he has been solidly in the "not bad" category where offensive defensemen are permitted to be. His skating has kept him in position and his decisions are sound. The only consistent flaw I've seen is the standard issue of a rookie defenseman being a split second behind in reaction time, and even at that he hasn't really stood out next to guys who have been in the league for years.
Having seen this movie before, I'm not going to get overly excited about him just yet. But he is clearly not a "terrible" defensive player right now.
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