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THE SKINNY: Despite having an injury shortened season in 2011-12, defenseman Ryan Murray finished second among North American skaters according to Central Scouting. the offensive defenseman did manage to post 31 points (9-22-31) in 46 games to lead Everett defensemen in scoring.
Skating for the first time at the age of two, Murray has leadership qualities from the backend, captaining Everett the past two seasons (youngest captain in franchise history when first named for 2010-11 season) as well as for Team Canada at the 2011 World Under-18 Championships where he finished seond on the team in scoring with 10 points (3-7-10) in seven games.
NHL Central Scouting's B.J. MacDonald: "I think Murray is more like a [Scott] Niedermayer; he just does everything under the radar and so smooth you hardly notice it...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."
NHL Team: Calgary Flames NHL Player: Scott Niedermayer, Sidney Crosby Shootout Move: "Backhand five hole or high glove" TV Show:Two and a Half Men Cartoon Character: Bugs Bunny Sport (Other Than Hockey): Golf Breakfast Food: Eggs and toast
NEWS: Prospect Ryan Murray Makes Playing 'D' Easy (04.17.12) It isn't often a teenage hockey fanatic would opt to spend weekend nights in the summer jamming on a six-string alongside a group of friends to the sounds of legendary rock singer Neil Young.
Then again, Everett Silvertips defenseman Ryan Murray is anything but ordinary.
The 6-foot, 201-pound Murray might not be the flashiest performer available among what many consider to be a deep and talented group of defensemen eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft, but he might be the most consistent.