Leading up to the 2011 draft, Flordiapanthers.com will be highlighting some of the top prospects to look out for. At number 3, the Panthers have a lot of players to choose from. What direction and who will they pick?
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THE SHINNY: The ninth ranked North American skater according to C.S.S., Ryan Murphy led all Ontario Hockey League defensemen in scoring with 26 goals and 79 points in 63 games. The right-handed shot was voted into the top three by the league's Western Conference coaches in the Smartest Player and Best Offensive Defenseman categories this season.
Murphy had a dynamic run in Canada's showing at the Under-18 World Championships in Germany, leading his team as well as all defensemen with 13 points (four goals) in just seven games. He was named the Top Defenseman of the tournament for his efforts.
NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards: “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 head coach Steve Spott: “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."
NHL Team: Chicago Blackhawks NHL Player: Mike Green Shootout Move: "Bar down" Movie: Miracle Book: Harry Potter Series Home-cooked meal: Lasagna Activity away from the rink: Hanging out with friends
The list included No. 7 Dougie Hamilton of the Niagara IceDogs in the Ontario Hockey League, No. 9 Nathan Beaulieu of the Saint John Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and No. 10 Ryan Murphy of the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL.
"Ryan's work on the power play is outstanding," NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards told NHL.com. "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."