MANCHESTER, NH – The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, have signed right wing Ryan Murphy to an amateur tryout agreement, Director of Hockey Operations Hubie McDonough announced on Thursday.
Murphy, 22, recently completed his senior season with the Boston College Eagles of Hockey East. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound native of Rumson, New Jersey, recorded 12 points (4-8=12) and 36 penalty minutes for the Eagles, who lost to the University of North Dakota, 6-3, in last weekend’s NCAA East Regional. Selected by the Kings in the sixth-round (185th overall) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Murphy collected 59 points (25-34=59) and 104 penalty minutes in 155 career games with the Eagles. He will wear jersey No. 17 for the Monarchs.
I have been wanting to write about how impressed I was with Murphys final season for BC. The determination, grit, and hustle he displayed showed he was desearving of a contract to the AHL.
His speed will be his biggest asset, and he will have no problem fitting in with Manchester.
NOTE: I've seen a couple of time where Murphy gets the puck on his stick, and just drives to the net with speed and determination. He may not of scored too many goals that way but he honestly reminded me of Deadmarsh when I saw how hard he played.
After watching Kanko and Ryan together in Lowell on Wednesday night, I'd like to see the two of them split onto different lines. Too much 'unfocused" energy between them the other night for my stomach...