The Columbus Blue Jackets
selected Everett Silvertips
defenseman Ryan Murray
with the second overall pick in the first round of the 2012 National Hockey League
Entry Draft, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson
announced tonight. The Entry Draft is being held at CONSOL Energy Center
Murray, 18, scored nine goals and 22 assists for 31 points and had 31 penalty minutes in 46 games with Everett of the Western Hockey League
during the 2011-12 season. He led club defensemen in goals, assists and points despite an injury shortened season. He tallied 0-3-3 and was +6 in six games at the 2012 World Junior Championships, helping Canada win the bronze medal.
“We are very happy to have Ryan Murray join our organization,” said Howson. “He solidifies what we believe is a position of strength. His character and two-way play will be very valuable to our hockey club.”
A native of White City, Saskatchewan, Murray recorded 6-40-46, 45 penalty minutes and was +18 in 70 games with Everett in 2010-11. He led the team in assists and plus/minus rating and was third in points, while leading club defensemen in goals (tied) and points. He notched 5-22-27 with 31 penalty minutes and was +33 in 52 games in 2009-10 for Everett and was named the team’s Rookie of the Year.
The 2012 Entry Draft will continue on Saturday at CONSOL Energy Center with rounds two through seven. The Blue Jackets currently hold the following picks – second round (31st), third round (62nd), fourth round (95th), sixth round (152nd) and seventh round (182nd).
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