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SCOUT PROFILE: ROB MURPHY

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Name: Rob Murphy
Years with the Coyotes: 2nd Year
Years as a scout: 2nd Year
Areas scouted: Primarily, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and also saw games in the OHL, USHL, Minnesota High School Hockey, Boston High School Hockey and Europe.
How many games do you see a year? I saw at least 200 games this year. In the last five months, I was on the road five to six times a week.
What is your background in hockey? I was drafted by Vancouver in 1987. I was the 24th overall pick in the draft. I played parts of seven seasons in the NHL with Vancouver, Ottawa, and LA. I got an opportunity to spend time with LA's farm club, which was located in Phoenix (Roadrunners). I played two years in the IHL with Fort Wayne. I finished off my career in Germany for six years.
Why did you get into scouting? I was doing television and radio with the Ottawa Senators so basically I was retired and out of hockey in 2004. I was kind of looking around trying to get into the scouting field. With this being my second year, it's been easier knowing what to expect. It's not an easy job. Everything is about projection and you're hoping every kid we draft makes our team better.
What are your thoughts about the depth of the talent in the QMJHL? It's not very deep as far as I am concerned. I think Dmitri Kulikov from Drummondville is going to be a high first-round pick and from there, it drops off significantly.  You may see one or two kids sneak into the first round. You will see two or three kids in the second and third round and then it drops off from there.

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