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Ryan Murphy (ice hockey, born 1993)

Ryan Murphy (born March 31, 1993) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He most recently played for the Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was originally drafted in the first round, 12th overall, by the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Ryan Murphy
Ryan Murphy 2013-2.jpg
Murphy with the Hurricanes on 2013
Born (1993-03-31) March 31, 1993 (age 26)
Aurora, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Carolina Hurricanes
Minnesota Wild
New Jersey Devils
NHL Draft 12th overall, 2011
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2013–present

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Playing careerEdit

Murphy was selected by the Kitchener Rangers third overall in the 2009 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Bantam Draft.[1] He began his first season as a 16-year-old and led the OHL in rookie defencemen scoring, scoring 39 points in 62 games playing on a defensive pairing with Columbus Blue Jackets first-rounder John Moore. He followed up his stellar rookie campaign by helping the Rangers proceed to the third round of the OHL playoffs with 17 points in 20 games, leading the Rangers in defence scoring.

Murphy broke out his sophomore season, leading the OHL in defencemen goal scoring with 26 goals. He added to that with 53 assists for 79 points in 63 games, good enough for second in OHL in defencemen scoring behind Windsor Spitfires defenceman Ryan Ellis.

Murphy was named to the OHL First Team All-Star team for the 2010–11 season. On June 24, 2011, Murphy was drafted 12th overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL Entry Draft, reuniting with former Kitchener Rangers teammate Jeff Skinner. On September 16, 2011, Murphy signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes.[2]

When the Hurricanes' final 23-man roster was released on October 5, 2011, Murphy was on it, and he began the 2011–12 season in the NHL.[3] On October 13, the Hurricanes returned Murphy to his OHL team, the Kitchener Rangers.[4][5] Murphy suffered a severe concussion on November 4, during a game against the Niagara IceDogs. Consequently, he was placed in "complete shutdown mode" by the Rangers.[6]

On September 18, 2012, Murphy was named captain of the Kitchener Rangers. During the 2012–13 season, on February 21, 2013, Murphy made his NHL debut with the Carolina Hurricanes.[7] He made the Hurricanes' opening night roster for the 2013–14 season. On October 6, 2013, he scored his first career NHL point, assisting on a Jay Harrison goal.

On June 29, 2017, Murphy (along with goaltender Eddie Läck and a seventh-round draft pick) was traded to the Calgary Flames in exchange for prospect Keegan Kanzig and a sixth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.[8] The following day, on June 30, the Flames announced Murphy was placed on unconditional waivers to buy-out the remaining year of his contract.[9] The following day, on July 1, Murphy signed as a free agent to a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.[10]

During the 2018–19 season, on January 30, 2019, the Wild traded Murphy to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for Michael Kapla.[11] Assigned to AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Devils, Murphy appeared in 2 games before he was recalled to New Jersey on February 9, 2019.[12] In his Devils debut, Murphy had a primary assist on a Pavel Zacha opening goal, helping the Devils to a 3-2 victory over former club, the Carolina Hurricanes, on February 10, 2019.[13] He was returned to the AHL the following day. On June 25, 2019, Murphy was not tendered a qualifying offer to remain with the Devils, releasing him as a free agent.[14]

International playEdit

Murphy was cut from the Canadian 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament team despite a great performance during the tryout camp. Murphy would later be selected to the Canadian world junior camp in December, where he was one of the final cuts.[15]

During the World Under-18s in April 2011, Murphy had an impressive tournament, scoring 13 points and leading the tournament in defencemen scoring, as well as leading Canada to a fourth-place finish as their leading scorer. He was named Defenceman of the Tournament. On the back of his performance, Murphy was invited to take part in Canada's 2011 national junior team selection camp [16]

Murphy was named to Team Canada in his final year of eligibility for the 2013 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. It was Murphy's third time trying out for Canada's national U20 team.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Villanova Knights OJHL 4 4 2 6 0
2009–10 Kitchener Rangers OHL 62 6 33 39 22 20 5 12 17 16
2010–11 Kitchener Rangers OHL 63 26 53 79 36 7 2 9 11 8
2011–12 Kitchener Rangers OHL 49 11 43 54 30 16 2 20 22 12
2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 4 0 0 0 2
2012–13 Kitchener Rangers OHL 54 10 38 48 34 10 3 4 7 8
2012–13 Charlotte Checkers AHL 3 0 2 2 0 5 0 2 2 2
2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 48 2 10 12 10
2013–14 Charlotte Checkers AHL 22 3 19 22 8
2014–15 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 37 4 9 13 8
2014–15 Charlotte Checkers AHL 25 0 17 17 10
2015–16 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 35 0 10 10 10
2015–16 Charlotte Checkers AHL 32 7 17 24 18
2016–17 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 27 0 2 2 8
2016–17 Charlotte Checkers AHL 7 0 1 1 4
2017–18 Iowa Wild AHL 48 4 24 28 30
2017–18 Minnesota Wild NHL 21 2 3 5 16 1 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Iowa Wild AHL 35 3 12 15 12
2018–19 Minnesota Wild NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2018–19 Binghamton Devils AHL 23 0 10 10 8
2018–19 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 1 1 0
NHL totals 175 8 35 43 54 1 0 0 0 0

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2010 Canada Ontario WHC17   6 1 3 4 4
2011 Canada WJC18 4th 7 4 9 13 2
2013 Canada WJC 4th 6 1 2 3 0
Junior totals 19 6 14 20 6

Awards and honoursEdit

Award Year
OHL
First All-Rookie Team 2010
CHL Top Prospects Game 2011
First All-Star Team 2011 [17]
Second All-Star Team 2012, 2013
AHL
All-Star Game 2015

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Kitchener takes defender Murphy with 1st pick". www.therecord.com. Kitchener-Waterloo Record. May 3, 2009.
  2. ^ "Hurricanes sign 2nd-round pick Ryan Murphy". HoumaToday.com. September 16, 2011. Retrieved September 16, 2011.
  3. ^ "Ryan Murphy, Justin Faulk make cut". ESPN.com.
  4. ^ "Aurora's Murphy back with OHL Rangers". York Region. October 13, 2011. Retrieved October 13, 2011.
  5. ^ Ryan Strome, Ryan Murphy sent back to junior after short stint in NHL
  6. ^ Cox, Damien (November 7, 2011). "Cox: Young star lost to violent head shot; are the players listening?". thestar.com. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  7. ^ "Kitchener Rangers' Ryan Murphy to make NHL debut with Carolina Hurricanes". Buzzing The Net. Yahoo! Sports. February 21, 2013.
  8. ^ "Flames get Goalie Lack from Carolina". The Sports Network. June 29, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  9. ^ "Bouma, Murphy placed on waivers". Calgary Flames. June 30, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  10. ^ "Wild sign five players to two-way contracts". Fox Sports. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
  11. ^ "Devils acquire defenseman Ryan Murphy from Wild". New Jersey Devils. January 30, 2019. Retrieved January 30, 2019.
  12. ^ "Devils' Ryan Murphy added to NHL roster". CBS Sports. February 9, 2019. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  13. ^ "Johansson, Devils end Hurricanes three-game winning streak". National Hockey League. February 10, 2019. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  14. ^ New Jersey Devils (June 25, 2019). "NJ Devils: News". Twitter. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  15. ^ Harrison, Doug (December 14, 2011). "Ryan Murphy takes world junior snub in stride". cbc.ca. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "Hockey Canada Selection Camp: Team Profile". Hockey Canada. May 6, 2011. Archived from the original on March 23, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  17. ^ "Murphy named to OHL First Team All Star Team". OHL. Retrieved May 2, 2011.

External linksEdit

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jeff Skinner
Carolina Hurricanes first round draft pick
2011
Succeeded by
Elias Lindholm