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POSTED ON Friday, 12.30.2011 / 1:58 AM

By Ryan Murray -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ryan Murray draft blog

Canadian defenseman Ryan Murray talks WJC

Defenseman Ryan Murray is captain of the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot, 182-pound native of Saskatchewan is currently starring on defense alongside Scott Harrington for Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship. Despite the busy schedule, Murray continues to provide a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Hi everyone. I'm checking in from the media room at Rexall Place in Edmonton at the World Junior Championship. This has been an unbelievable experience so far. The fans here are crazy. I've really never seen anything like it. I've never been to a World Junior game before and, just to play out there, it's a huge honor to wear the jersey and it's been a great experience so far.

At the start of the tournament, it was a little bit overwhelming with all the TV coverage. Everybody in the country pretty much watches this, so it was a little bit intimidating at the start but now that things have settled down a bit, you kind of get used to all the media attention and you know everything going on so it's just great and I feel comfortable now.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 12.06.2011 / 9:46 AM

By Ryan Murray -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ryan Murray draft blog

Murray discusses return to ice; invite to Canada camp

Ryan Murray is a defenseman for the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot, 182-pound native of Saskatchewan was recently invited to participate in Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp, Dec. 10-14, 2011 at the WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex in Calgary.  Despite being sidelined by an ankle injury since Oct. 19, Murray will continue to provide a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Hi all. The good news is I've been skating again and participating in some drills with the team. It feels pretty good, but it is still not game ready. It's tough to say when I will return, so I'm just taking things day by day right now. It's been tough to sit out for so long, especially with a nagging injury that you're trying to recover from. It feels pretty good right now though. I still need to get it a little bit stronger, but it's definitely been nice to get out on the ice and skate with the boys. It's just good to be able to get out there and do something because doing nothing but riding the bike and lifting weights every day was starting to get old.

I'm confident that I'll be ready for the World Junior camp, and I'm excited to get to Calgary to compete for a spot. My expectations this year are to definitely make the team. I think it would be a lot of fun to play in that tournament, especially since it is in held in Canada.

It's just such a huge tournament, and everybody in Canada watches it. I don't know many people who don't. It's a pretty big deal to everybody, and so many people in Canada really care about the National Junior Team. I always watched as a kid and always wanted to be there. It would be so great to go there and play with the best players in Canada.

It was definitely hard last year, going to the selection camp as a 17-year-old, being so close and then not making it. It's definitely been in the back of my mind since then to go back and work as hard as I possibly could to make the team this year.

Whenever you take the 40 best players in Canada, you're going to have a lot of good players and a bunch of guys who deserve to make the team. I know quite a few of the guys on the roster, especially after going to the selection camp last year and getting to meet a bunch of them. I guess one of the guys I know the best is Jaden Schwartz from Colorado College. I've known him for a long time. We used to go to school together and I'd go to his house every day for lunch.

Obviously it will be a really tough camp. Guys are giving it all they've got out there, and there's a great deal of intensity on the ice. The games are always tough with so many good players and so much skill out there on the ice at one time. I'm really excited to get out there and give it my best shot.

Since my injury, I haven't really been following the progress of other top prospects. It is very strange with a lot of prospects getting injured this year. Let's just hope that things get better for the rest of the season for the draft class of 2012.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 11.03.2011 / 1:51 PM

By Ryan Murray -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ryan Murray draft blog

Injured Murray determined to make CAN WJC roster

Ryan Murray is a defenseman for the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot, 182-pound native of Saskatchewan was named Everett's Rookie of the Year in 2009-10 after producing 22 assists and 27 points in 62 games. He became the youngest captain in franchise history during the 2010-11 season while leading the team with a plus-18 rating and all defensemen on the club with 46 points. Despite suffering an ankle injury Oct. 19, which will force him out of the lineup for the next five weeks, Murray still took the time to maintain his monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Hello everyone. Well, I had a bit of a setback in the first period of a home game against Brandon on October 19. An injury occurred when I went into the corner for a puck and got hit awkwardly. When I put my foot down to balance myself, my skate caught a rut and my body kind of buckled over my foot.

I'm feeling pretty good right now. The injury is definitely disappointing, but it's part of the game and now I just have to focus on doing my rehab and get back into the lineup as soon as possible.

The doctors have told me I'll be out for somewhere around five weeks. That would put me back into the lineup sometime later in November or in early December.

I did not travel with the team on our two-week long road trip through Alberta. While the team was off on the trip, I was able to go home to White City, Sask., and visit with friends and family. Road trips are always great for bonding with the team, so it would've been great to go with the guys. At the same time though, it was also really nice to spend some time with my family after two months away.

I will be missing the Subway Super Series against the Russians, which is too bad since I would have been playing near my hometown in Regina. It would have been a great experience to play alongside the top players in the league against Team Russia, but I think the best thing to do is let my ankle recover and not risk further injury to it by trying to come back too soon.
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.05.2011 / 2:14 PM

By Ryan Murray -  Special to NHL.com /NHL.com - Ryan Murray draft blog

Draft prospect Murray excited for upcoming season

Ryan Murray is a defenseman for the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot, 182-pound native of Saskatchewan was named Everett's Rookie of the Year in 2009-10 after producing 22 assists and 27 points in 62 games. He became the youngest captain in franchise history during the 2010-11 season while leading the team with a plus-18 rating and all defensemen on the club with 46 points. He was one of two 2012 draft eligible players invited to Canada's National Junior Team development camp for participation in the World Junior Championship and he also participated in the 2011 NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp fueled by G Series in August. Murray has offered to maintain a monthly blog for NHL.com that will chronicle his season leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Hello everyone and thanks for taking the time to read my initial entry draft blog for NHL.com.

I am definitely really excited about the draft this year, but it's still a long way away and I don't want to get too far ahead of myself. I just want to take everything a day at a time until then, and hopefully when that day comes, good things will happen. It's always there in the back of my mind though, that's for sure. There's a little more added pressure this year, but I try not to let anything get to my head or affect my mindset. When I do think about it, I use it as motivation and don't let it make me feel nervous or anxious.

Before I get into my goals for the season, let me tell you a little about myself.

My dad got me started when I was 2-years-old. I was too young to remember it, but I know I started skating on those kids' skates with two blades for stability. So basically I've been playing for as long as I can remember. Growing up in White City, Saskatchewan, I played baseball, football and even a little bit of soccer when I was younger. I also played volleyball for a year.

We used to play a lot of guitar hero -- that was definitely a big hit when we were growing up. Our family never really took many vacations, so we usually just hung around town and found ways to have fun.

A lot of people ask me how I felt to be named captain in Everett last year. I was actually named captain after Landon Ferraro was injured halfway through the year. It was a little hard at first not having him around the team while he was injured because he was such a good leader for the boys.

I tried to make it pretty normal. I didn't try to change who I am and just tried to be the same person. Being captain is a huge honor and a big responsibility. This year I'm just trying to lead the team the best that I can by working hard every day, giving 100 percent all the time and leading by example.

I thought the RDO Camp in August was really interesting with all the rule changes and such. It was great to get out there with some of the top players in the draft class all playing together. It was also good to see what the NHL is thinking about with possible rule changes and it was fun to test them out.

I missed the cut for earning a roster spot for Team Canada at last year's World Junior Championship in Buffalo (N.Y.) so it's definitely very important to me to make the World Junior team this year. Every hockey player in the country wants to play there, and to have the opportunity to make that team is really special. I'm going to give it everything I have to go out there and earn a spot by playing hard every single game and doing extra work after practice.

Our goal in Everett this year is for our team to make the playoffs and hopefully do some damage once we're there. We've got a young team with a lot of rookies, and we need to focus on coming together as a group so we can go as far as possible once the playoffs come around.

Well, that's it for now. I'll be blogging once a month, so check back in November.
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