Not since thomas hickey have I been so impressed with a 16 year old WHL defenseman. I went into my first game knowing about him and expecting to be disappointed (good 16 year old defenseman generally don't wow you) and was pretty surprised. Kid can play. Don't remember many specifics about his game as its been awhile but I had a very positive impression of him.
I'm a Tips fan and have gone to almost every home game over the past 6 years, so I will admit right now to being biased. That being said, I believe he is the single most talented player the Tips have had in their existence. He can place the puck anywhere he wants in the offensive zone and has such amazing puck control. He will hit, but physicality obviously isn't a particular skill of his. He compensates more than enough with his hockey sense alone. His defensive partner was Radko Gudas, and they formed the best defensive pairing the team has ever had. He has decent size and has captained every team he's come to play with for an extended period of time. He could be team captain as a 17 year old next year. He plays a fairly clean and very calm game.
Well, enough of my gushing, but any fan from the West will attest to his skill. The thought of Seth Jones MAYBE still joining the Tips after a year or so makes me very happy for the team's future.
He has an absolutely sick breakout pass, when I saw him play he always made the right play and did it faster than anyone else on the ice.
Looks like a good one.
Great job the Rockets did in eliminating the Tips. Murray and Cumiskey seemed like the only two Tips who could actually play at some points later in the series. Bulmer impressed the hell out of me in this series and I hope he goes higher than projected.
Very calm,smart,safe type of Defender. Makes a very good first pass and reads the ice well. Skates really well. Not the Biggest guy and can get knocked around a bit probably will be less a problem when he bulks up.
I can't see him going number 1 overall as he is probably too small to be considered like that. Top 10 for sure though
What is this kid like? A Seabrook type? Sounds like it based on previous reports. How is his physicality, skating, shot?
I think he is a better skater and better overall package than Seabrook. Seabrook tends to be more of a stay at home guy, while Murray is more of a two way defender. Great skater and very poised with the puck.
He was plus-33 last year. This year, he's already plus-13 so far and the next highest on the team is plus-8. Pretty much shows he's committed to defence. I don't see enough offense for him to be a Niedermayer/Doughty though.