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Islanders 2012 Draft Central - Ryan Murray and Mikhail Grigorenko

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders

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Ryan Murray
Everett Silvertips, WHL
Position: D Shoots: Left
Height: 6'1" Born: 27-Sep-93
Weight: 201 Hometown: White City, SASK
2011-12 GP G A PTS PIM
Everett 46 9 22 31 31
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Mikhail Grigorenko
Quebec Remparts, QMJHL
Position: C Shoots: Left
Height: 6'3" Born: 16-May-94
Weight: 200 Hometown: Khabarovsk, RUS
2011-12 GP G A PTS PIM
Quebec 59 40 45 85 12
Everett Silvertips defenseman Ryan Murray might be the safest player out there in this year’s draft class. At 6’1”, 201-pounds, Murray has three years of Western Hockey League experience under his belt, playing mostly against the opposition’s top lines. Although the Silvertips were swept out of the first round of the WHL playoffs, the Everett captain figured into the score sheet on five of his team’s six goals (three goals, two assists). He won a bronze medal with Team Canada at the 2012 World Junior Championships. Murray’s top-notch skating, vision, and knack for always being in the right position has many pundits speculating if he could go No. 1 overall in this year’s draft.
Though the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League doesn’t boast a lot of top-end talent in this year’s draft, Mikhail Grigorenko is certainly someone to watch. The Khabarovsk, Russia native led league rookies with 40 goals and 85 points in his first season in North America. Internationally, Grigorenko has represented Russia on numerous occasions, including the 2011 World Under-18 Championship, where he scored 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in seven games. The 6’3”, 200-pound center uses his size and world-class raw talent well already, and now that he is developing the defensive side of his game, should be ready to make an impact in the NHL soon.
Brenden Kichton, Islanders prospect
I’ve played against Ryan Murray a lot. He is definitely a smart hockey player.  He’s a great skater, sees the ice really well and always makes a pretty good first pass. He can play the penalty kill. He can play the power play. He plays in every situation.

Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Ryan Murray is a good two-way defender. He is a versatile player on the back end. Ryan is a smooth, efficient skater that sees the ice and reads the play well.

B.J. MacDonald, NHL Central Scouting
I think Murray is more like a [Scott] Niedermayer; he just does everything under the radar and so smooth you hardly notice it. His skating is probably the best in the [WHL], but you don't really notice that so much because you almost take it for granted he's been there for three years. He never gets out of position and I've never seen him lose a one-on-one battle. He's always, defensively, in the right spots. He just does everything so seamlessly that he reminds me of Niedermayer only because he does everything so well at such a high level and after a while, you don't even notice it.

Trent Klatt, Islanders Player Development
Mikhail Grigorenko is a big-time skilled Russian. He protects the puck really well and distributes it even better. He has a great shot too.

David Gregory, NHL Central Scouting
[Grigorenko] is the type of player that controls the whole pace of the game. He can play with the puck at the same pace he plays without the puck. He sees the ice and opportunities really well. He can hang onto it longer than most players; some players might feel that they have to move it quickly, but Mikhail has the patience and the ability to see opportunities and let them develop, which is a special skill. He's got a big, long reach and an ability to move in traffic with his size (6-foot-3.25, 200). He's the kind of forward who will control the play and make things happen.
Click here for Islanders 2012 Draft Central's breakdown of the top-50 players available in this year's draft.
Ryan Murray (left) of the Everett Silvertips and Mikhail Grigorenko (right) of the Quebec Remparts are the #4 and #3 ranked draft prospects.
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Columbus Blue Jackets
3. Montreal Canadiens
4. New York Islanders
5. Toronto Maple Leafs
Round 1 - 4th overall
Round 2 -
34th overall
Round 3 -
65th overall
Round 4 -
103rd overall (from BUF)
Round 5 -
125th overall
Round 6 -
155th overall
Round 7 - 185th overall

Islanders last five first-round picks
2011: Ryan Strome (5th overall)
2010: Nino Niederreiter (5th overall)
2009: John Tavares (1st overall)
2008: Josh Bailey (9th overall)
2006: Kyle Okposo (7th overall)

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