Defenseman Ryan Murray was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets second overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. He missed most of last season after sustaining a shoulder injury last November playing for the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League. Murray had two goals and 17 points in 23 games for the Silvertips prior to his injury that sidelined him nine months. Murray (6-foot, 201 pounds) has offered to maintain a blog for NHL.com during the Traverse City Prospects Tournament this week in Michigan.
Well, it was bit of an ugly one here in our tournament finale against the Dallas Stars [a 7-1 loss in the third-place game].
We couldn't really put it together and we got off to a rough start and just kind of fell off the wagon a bit. There are a lot of guys, including myself, who will look back on that game and say they could have done a lot better. We didn't come together as a team and I definitely didn't play my best game.
Even though we lost, the tournament was great experience. I think it's an especially good tournament for someone like myself who hadn't seen much action for a long time [because of the injury]. To be able to get back into the swing of things was great. For the rookies, to kind of get their legs working before main camp starts was also good. I thought it was really beneficial and I'm sure everyone else felt the same way.
As far as my shoulder goes, I feel good. The shoulder feels solid. I haven't had any issues with it during this tournament, so I'm really looking forward to getting to main camp and I'm glad I don't have to worry about [the shoulder] anymore.
We'll get the day off [Tuesday] and then have off-ice testing before the camp begins this week. We're heading out now, back to Columbus. We'll bus halfway and then finish the trip on [Tuesday].
Hope you enjoyed my blog during the Traverse City Tournament. Have a great hockey season everyone!