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Posted On Friday, 06.22.2012 / 10:16 PM

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

Murray excited to be drafted by Blue Jackets

Well, I'm proud to announce I'm a Columbus Blue Jacket.

I have to admit, I was really nervous and really excited at the start of the Draft. I was kind of ready to jump out of my seat there, but I'm just really honored and happy to be a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

While waiting for the No. 1 pick, I guess it crossed my mind that I could go first overall. I guess that's something you have to think about. I was pretty nervous before that pick and Edmonton got a great player in in Nail [Yakupov].He's a fantastic forward and has great skills, and he'll do great things for them.

It was a lot of fun coming down to Pittsburgh. I got to see some of the city and the NHL really took care of us. The League kind of toured us around and we got to do some fun activities and got to go hit some balls at PNC Park. We were on the river in a boat to see the city. It was cool and a lot of fun.

I just want a chance to play [in Columbus] and take I'll take it step-by-step and day-by-day. Obviously they're in a rebuilding mode right now and I'm really glad I can be a part of that. It's a young franchise so if I get a chance to play there, you can kind of write the history books.

Of course, I'll focus on making the team, but if I'm there I'd be very happy to work with [Craig Hartsburg] too. He's taught me a lot over the years and he's really been a big influence and a big part of the reason I'm here today.

Well, thanks for reading. Time to celebrate with my family.

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Posted On Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 3:12 PM

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

Ryan Murray expecting the unexpected come Draft day

Defenseman Ryan Murray is captain of the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot, 182-pound native of Saskatchewan won a bronze medal playing for Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship and was also the second-youngest player to ever appear for Canada at the Men's World Championship. Despite his busy schedule, Murray will log his experiences leading up to the 2012 NHL Draft in Pittsburgh this week for NHL.com.

Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by to read my blog once again.

Well, here we are -- it’s finally draft week. The past year has actually flown by with so much going on, and the draft kind of snuck up on me, to be honest. It’s been a really fun and exciting year leading up to this point, and now I’m just excited to see what’s going to happen on Friday [in the first round]. I’d have to say I’m also a little bit nervous and anxious, but mostly just looking forward to the draft.

I’ll be getting into Pittsburgh late [on Tuesday] and will have a couple of busy days ahead of me before Friday comes around. My family [parents and siblings] and my billet from Everett will be in town with me as well. It will definitely be cool having them all there and getting to share this experience with them.

This will be my first visit to Pittsburgh. I’ve heard great things about it being a nice city and the CONSOL Energy Center being a beautiful rink. I know they’ve got quite a few activities planned for us and we might even get to take batting practice at PNC Park [home of the Pirates], so that would be really cool to do. I’m looking forward to getting there, seeing everything and getting started.

For me, it seems like this draft is pretty unpredictable. I really have no clue where I’ll end up going, and I don’t really think the other guys do either. Anything can happen on Friday, that’s for sure. I think there’s definitely going to be some things happen that nobody will expect. That seems to be how it goes on draft day. It’s happened in previous years and this year will probably be no different.

Right now I think I’m just looking forward to Friday and getting to the draft itself. It’s something that everybody has been waiting for and excited about for a long time now. It’s hard to imagine the moment when I get drafted, going up to the stage and putting the jersey on.

I’ve watched the draft every year since I was a little kid, and it’s still hard to think of myself going up and doing that. I think it will probably just kind of hit me once I’m there in the building on Friday and everything is unfolding in front of me. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see what happens when 7 p.m. [ET] rolls around.

Thanks again for reading my blog and I’ll see you on Friday!

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Posted On Friday, 06.01.2012 / 5:20 PM

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

Ryan Murray pushes himself to the limit at Combine

Defenseman Ryan Murray is captain of the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot, 182-pound native of Saskatchewan won a bronze medal playing for Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship and was also the second-youngest player to ever appear for Canada at the Men's World Championships. Despite his busy schedule, Murray submitted one final blog on Friday upon his completion of the 2012 NHL Scouting Combine.

Hi everyone. The NHL Combine has come and gone.

I got a good sleep [Thursday] night and wasn't too nervous. I think I had a little too much to eat [Friday] morning though. I had a big breakfast and that didn't hold up too well -- after the Wingate test I felt good for a couple minutes. I felt that wasn't so hard, and then went into the back room and started getting nauseous and, as soon as I sat down, felt really dizzy and just wasn't feeling well. So I figured I'd just force it out since I was going to do the VO2 Max next.

I kind of knew what to expect a little bit. I knew it would be tough and it was.

At the start of the testing, there are scouts everywhere just sort of staring at you as you're going through the testing and it's a bit intimidating, but I just tried to block them out and focus on the test. I thought the Wingate wasn't that hard because it was only 30 seconds; I just closed my eyes and just went as hard as I could. I thought the VO2 was harder.

During the VO2, at around the eight-minute mark, you're trying to keep up with the RPM's and going absolutely full out and you're breathing through the tube and it's a little different because they're plugging your nose. You're trying to get air and going so long, you completely max your body out.

Overall, I had fun and despite being a little nervous for the first couple of interviews, I was fine after the first two or three. It was most of the same stuff and I just felt more comfortable. I got to meet some new guys here at the testing and it was very tough, but very satisfying afterwards when you can kind of take a seat. I can honestly say I really pushed my body to the limit.

Thanks for reading my blog during the NHL Combine. Next up ... the NHL Draft.
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Posted On Wednesday, 05.30.2012 / 5:27 PM

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

Everett's Ryan Murray set to impress at Combine

Defenseman Ryan Murray, No. 2 on NHL Central Scouting's list of the top draft-eligible North American skaters, served as captain of the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League this season. The 6-foot, 182-pound native of Saskatchewan won a bronze medal playing for Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championship and was also the second-youngest player to ever appear for Canada at the Men's World Championships. Despite his busy schedule, Murray will submit two blogs for NHL.com during the 2012 NHL Scouting Combine this week in Toronto.

I finally arrived at the NHL Combine on Tuesday night and began the interviewing process on Wednesday. It's been quite a year. I just returned from the Men's World Championships in Finland and Sweden and that was a pretty incredible experience. Just going over there and being able to meet those top guys and playing with them was something very special.

One team gave me a personality-type test, wanting to get to know me a little better I guess. Other teams have done this with me before, but they either came to Everett or sent me the stuff in the email.

During the interviews, everybody has their scouts and guys in the rooms, and everyone has a little bit of a different tone or attitude toward the questions their asking. But everybody has been really nice. I've heard some horror stories in years' past about the Combine, but luckily nothing like that has happened to me.

I haven't received a whole lot of whacky questions. But one team did ask if they were wasting their time seeing me. I just said, 'I hope not.' I haven't prepared much for the bike tests scheduled Friday. I just got back from Europe last Friday and took a few days off this week. I was working out a little bit to keep in shape.

I hope to learn from this experience and having an opportunity to talk to the scouts is great. They all have their own opinions of you and what they thought about you during the year, so it's just good to hear some feedback regarding your play. The feedback has been good and the scouts have been kind. There have been questions about my family and what kind of player I feel I am.

I have never met [top prospect] Nail Yakupov [of Sarnia], but I'll probably meet him in New York when we go over there. I'll most likely get to see him here at the Combine as well.

When I learned that Edmonton won the draft lottery, it really didn't faze me too much. It really doesn't have much to do with me. I know [the Oilers] need a defenseman, but at the end of the day, anything can happen on draft day. I just take as a grain of sand, and not make a big deal about it. I don't have any expectations.

Well, that's it for now. Thanks for reading. I'll file one more blog after my fitness test on Friday.
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Posted On Thursday, 02.02.2012 / 3:07 AM

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

Everett's Ryan Murray recaps Top Prospects week

Defenseman Ryan Murray is captain of the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot, 182-pound native of Saskatchewan was recently named captain for Team Cherry at the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Kelowna, B.C. He took second place in 'Hardest Shot' at the Top Prospects Skills Competition with a blast of 94.3 mph. He recently won a bronze medal playing for Team Canada at the 2012 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.

Well, it's all over in Kelowna.

Our team [Team Cherry] lost, 2-1. It was a good game and everyone was working really hard; it was pretty intense out there and I thought all the guys played really great. There were a lot of nervous skaters in the first period but, after that, everyone kind of settled in.

In the end, it's unfortunate [I took a penalty that led to their winning goal]. I didn't think that would be a [slashing] penalty to tell you the truth, but I can't blame it on the refs. It's too bad it ended that way.

There were chances out there and I thought goalie Matt Murray played extremely well for us. He made a couple of huge saves to keep us in it and so did the other goalies. I guess it's a little bit weird playing with guys you never played with before because you have to get use to them in a very short amount of time. But I thought we had our chances but the goalies were coming up big out there.

It was great that a guy like [Mark] Recchi could come to an event like this and you can really learn from a guy like that who has done so much in his career and it's great that he's already starting to give back to the game after his career. It's great he can come out here and coach and the same goes for [Ryan Huska]. He helped out here in his home city so it was good.

So now that the Top Prospects Game is over, I have to keep playing hard. We're in a playoff stretch here and that's the thing I'm most focused on now, is trying to help [the Everett Silvertips] make the playoffs and if I can do that then everything else will fall into place.

Thanks for reading about my experiences at the Top Prospects Game this week everyone. Check back next month for a new update.
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Posted On Wednesday, 02.01.2012 / 2:00 AM

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

Murray finishes second in hardest shot competition

Defenseman Ryan Murray is captain of the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot, 182-pound native of Saskatchewan was recently named captain for Team Cherry at the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Kelowna, B.C. He took second place in 'Hardest Shot' at the Top Prospects Skills Competition with a blast of 94.3 mph. He recently won a bronze medal playing for Team Canada at the 2012 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 all. I just finished up at the Top Prospects Skills Competition and was pretty happy to get second in the hardest shot event. It's a pretty simple event. You just go in there, wind up and smack it as hard as you can ... not much skill to it. But it was fun.

I told (Nick Ebert) before he went up for his shot that he was going to beat me, because I knew he had a pretty hard shot. And Nick did wind up winning (with a shot of 94.7 mph). I really hadn't recorded my shot in quite some time -- last time I checked, I hit the puck 37 mph.

I thought maybe I could have done well in the fastest skater event. I love the breakaway shootouts, for sure. That would have been fun, as well. Overall, though, this was great. It's nice that they mix in some fun with the game. I know everybody is kind of nervous. You have one game to kind of prove yourself in front of a ton of scouts, so it's good to loosen things up with the skills competition.

That 3-on-3we had in the end was a little tiring. Staying out there for 40-second shifts is a long time when you only have three guys on the ice. There's a lot of skating out there. I give credit to the goalies. I thought the goaltending was good. They are forced to stop shootouts and it gets tough on the goalies. Even on those 3-on-3's ... there's a lot of backdoor passes and they were good sports with everything that was going on.

I can tell you there's a lot of excitement for (Wednesday's Top Prospects Game). Everyone in the locker room is excited and nervous at the same time. But these are the games we all love to play and everybody is watching, so it'll be fun.

I've seen some scouts during my stay here in Kelowna while at my hotel, but they've stayed clear and out of everyone's way for the most part. There was a New York Rangers scout in our elevator (Tuesday), so they're kind of around. He didn't ask any serious questions or anything. He just said hello and told me to have fun. They introduce themselves, but aren't asking any serious draft questions.

Well, time to get some sleep before practice Wednesday morning and the game in the evening. Thanks for reading.
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Posted On Monday, 01.30.2012 / 4:14 PM

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

Murray excited for Top Prospects Game

Defenseman Ryan Murray is captain of the Everett Silvertips in the Western Hockey League. The 6-foot, 182-pound native of Saskatchewan was recently named captain for Team Cherry at the 2012 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Kelowna, B.C. He recently won a bronze medal playing for Team Canada at the 2012 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!

  Ryan Murray (Credit: Christopher Mast)
First of all, I'm really looking forward at having the chance in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game. It is going to be a lot of fun and a great opportunity for myself as well as other players in the CHL to showcase themselves. It is going to be an intense game, like it always is, and I think that will make it even more fun.

They haven't told me what skill I am going to do yet, so I'm getting a little bit nervous for that. I did the passing into the six nets at the NHL RDO camp in August, and that was pretty tough. I would like to have another crack at that one. I think that is the one that I would be best at, since I consider passing one of the key elements to my game.
 
It was a pretty eventful month for me. The World Junior Championship was an amazing experience. Hockey Canada took great care of us for the entire month, and there was a great group of guys on that team.

The fans [in Edmonton and Calgary] were absolutely incredible, I have never seen anything like it. You couldn't hear yourself think sometimes during those games. There are not enough good things that I can say about the experience, and playing at home was extremely special.

The game against Russia for me isn't one to forget, but one to remember. It was one of the biggest hockey lessons I have learned in my life. Three pucks deflected in off me, and one bounced off my skate right to a Russia player wide open in the slot. It was the hardest thing to overcome in my career. I learned that no matter how bad things get, I have to move on from them and can't dwell on the past. It was great that we could regroup as a team after that game and come home with a bronze medal ... something that was very important to all of us. The medal is now in my room, and will probably get put in a frame later on.
 
Here in Everett, we have had a tough season. The first half was full of injuries and inconsistencies and we never could get rolling. The second half so far has been much better, as we are all learning what it takes for us to be successful and the effort that success demands. With all of our first year players, I think a lot of them are beginning to realize how you need to play every single night in order for our team to be successful. We are currently in a hunt for the playoffs with 4 teams, and it is going to be a very exciting second half.
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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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