September 27, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Ryan Murphy (7) takes a slap shot during the game against the Buffalo Sabres at PNC Center. The Hurricanes defeated the Sabres 1-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Can Ryan Murphy Be A Star?

Ryan Murphy, the eleventh pick of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has been big, despite his smaller stature. Ryan Murphy scored his first NHL goal in story book fashion Thursday night in Toronto. He scored it against his hometown team, in front of over thirty family members and friends. Ryan Murphy has always been one of my favorite players in the Hurricanes organization since he was drafted in 2010.Ryan Murphy plays like no other hurricanes defenseman plays. He is lightning quick, he has a howitzer of a slap shot, and he has unbelievable hands and vision. He is 20 years of age, at that.

The major knock on Ryan Murphy is his size. He has gained, roughly, twenty pounds since he was drafted in 2010. He will certainly need to add more weight, but in watching him this year, he hasn’t looked out matched very often. Keep in mind he has played big teams like Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia. His defense also needs some work, but that’s to be expected from a twenty year old offensive defenseman. He’s received praise from former NHL studs, including Ron Francis, Dave Lewis, Rod Brind’amour and Kirk Muller. All of those players played over one thousand games in the NHL.

So, can Ryan Murphy be a star? Absolutely, he has elite offensive talent and certainly has a very bright future in the NHL. I feel like he has the talent to push for a top two defenseman role and a powerplay quarter back for the Hurricanes, sooner rather than later.  The Hurricanes are sitting pretty with Justin Faulk and Ryan Murphy on their blue line for a long time. Don’t be surprised if Ryan Murphy’s minutes keep going up throughout the season.

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