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Islanders Draft Central Day 9: Ryan Murphy & Markus Granlund

by Dyan LeBourdais / New York Islanders
Ryan Murphy, a defenseman for Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League, and Markus Granlund, a center for HIFK Jr., are ranked ninth on the Central Scouting Service rankings list.

draft profiles
Ryan Murphy
North American Skater
Kitchener, OHL
Final Rank:  9
Midterm Rank:  10
Position:  Defenseman
Shoots:  Right
Height:  5'10" Weight:  166
Born:  March 31, 1993
Hometown:  Aurora, ON, CAN
Markus Granlund
European Skater
Final Rank:  9 Midterm Rank:  16
Position:  Center
Shoots:  Left
Height:  5'10" Weight:  169
Born:  April 16, 1993
Hometown:  Oulu, FIN

Each day as we get closer to the June 24 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, MN, the Islanders Draft Central will update with a new North American and European player profile. Below, each of the top 30 North American and European prospects will be listed.
May 26, 2011 - 30th in CSS Ranking
Rickard Rakell (North American)
Alessio Bertaggia (European)
May 27, 2011 - 29th in CSS Ranking
Alexander Khokhlachev (North American)
Adam Pettersson (European)
May 28, 2011 - 28th in CSS Ranking
Matthew Puempel (North American)
Sergei Shmelev (European)
May 29, 2011 - 27th in CSS Ranking
Phillip Danault (North American)
Fredrik Claesson (European)
May 30, 2011 - 26th in CSS Ranking
Shane Prince (North American)
Sergei Barbashev (European)
May 31, 2011 - 25th in CSS Ranking
Connor Murphy (North American)
Alexei Marchenko (European)
June 1, 2011 - 24th in CSS Ranking
Scott Mayfield (North American) | VIDEO
Johan Sundstrom (European)
June 2, 2011 - 23rd in CSS Ranking
Jonathan Miller (North American)
Klas Dahlbeck (European)
June 3, 2011 - 22nd in CSS Ranking
Tyler Biggs (North American) | VIDEO
Victor Berglind (European)
June 4, 2011 - 21st in CSS Ranking
Nicklas Jensen (North American)
William Karlsson (European)
June 5, 2011 - 20th in CSS Ranking
Tomas Jurco (North American) | VIDEO
Viktor Arvidsson (European)
June 6, 2011 - 19th in CSS Ranking
Brandon Saad (North American) | VIDEO
Joel Mustonen (European)
June 7, 2011 - 18th in CSS Ranking
Boone Jenner (North American)
Zakhar Arzamastsev (European)
June 8, 2011 - 17th in CSS Ranking
Ty Rattie (North American)
Nikita Kucherov (European)
June 9, 2011 - 16th in CSS Ranking
Mark Scheifele (North American) | VIDEO
Alexander Ruuttu (European)
June 10, 2011 - 15th in CSS Ranking
Zack Phillips (North American)
Karl Johansson (European)
June 11, 2011 - 14th in CSS Ranking
Mark McNeill (North American)
Jeremy Boyce (European)
June 12, 2011 - 13th in CSS Ranking
Jamieson Oleksiak (North American)
Max Friberg (European)
June 13, 2011 - 12th in CSS Ranking
Joseph Morrow (North American) | VIDEO
Victor Rask (European)
June 14, 2011 - 11th in CSS Ranking
Vladislav Namestnikov (North American) | VIDEO
Gregory Hofmann (European)
June 15, 2011 - 10th in CSS Ranking
Duncan Siemens (North American) | VIDEO
Rasmus Bengtsson (European)

Islanders Scout Tim MacLean
On Ryan Murphy - Murphy is an exciting puck moving defenseman who is an elite skater and a guy who will be a very good power play quarterback. He is an explosive skater who has the ability to go end to end with the puck seemingly whenever he wants. He is very creative offensively and has a great shot. He finished second in defensive scoring in OHL with 26 goals and 79 points. He needs to work on his defensive game and get stronger.

NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards
On Ryan Murphy - Ryan's work on the power play is outstanding, He sees the ice very well and is creative, [has] excellent passing ability and a great shot that he gets through to the net. (He's) also an excellent all-round skater. He's got real good mobility. He's a bit of a gambler. He does move the puck well, but he's going to have to concentrate on making good plays.

Kitchener Rangers head coach Steve Spott
On Ryan Murphy - He’s like no one else in this league. You can’t get to him, you can’t hit him. He’s a kid that’s slippery, his vision is second to none, his hockey sense is second to none. He can skate and he’s got a rocket. He’s got all the intangibles to be an all-star not only in this league, but the National Hockey League.

Islanders Scout Vellu Kautonen
On Markus Granlund - Granlund is still small and skinny, but he has very good hockey sense and vision. He’s good on the power play
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Colorado Avalanche
3. Florida Panthers
4. New Jersey Devils
5. New York Islanders
Round 1 - 5th overall
Round 2 -
34th overall
Round 2 -
50th overall
(from Wisniewski deal to Montreal)
Round 3 -
63rd overall
(from 4th round 2010 draft selection dealt to Colorado)
Round 4 -
94th overall
Round 5 -
124th overall
Round 5 -
126th overall
(from two 6th round 2010 draft picks dealt to Atlanta)
Round 7 -
184th overall

Ontario Hockey League
Kitchener Rangers

Formed in 1963, the Kitchener Rangers have played in the Memorial Cup six times, winning it twice. Their most recent championship was during the 2002-03 season. The Rangers won the J. Ross Robertson Cup (OHL Championship title) in 2008 after defeating the Belleville Bulls.

If the Islanders draft Ryan Murphy, he would the fourth Ranger selected and the first since 1983. The three former players chosen by the Islanders out of Kitchener were Garnet McKechney (1983, 37th overall), Brian Bye (1974, 232nd) and Mike Kennedy (1973, 113th overall).

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