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Ryan Murphy 

Oct 24, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Ryan Murphy (7) shoots during the second period against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Hurricanes 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Murphy has been one of the better surprises early on for the Hurricanes. He has played in all but one of the Hurricanes games so far, and he has showed why he was a high first round draft pick.

Murphy is the best offensive threat the Carolina Hurricanes have on their blue line. Murphy is a shifty puck carrier. He makes good passes, he has a laser of a shot, and he can run a powerplay

At the start of the season it was uncertain whether the 20 year old defenseman would stick on the team, but he has done very well through the first month. He has a boat load of offensive talent.

He still needs to put on weight and he has made his fair share of defensive mistakes. He will have to work on those two problems to reach the next level of NHL defenseman.

Grade : B

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  • thestormchaser

    I agree with all of your ratings except the Stahl brothers. First Eric – I am not sure why he is the captain. I can’t say I have seen another player who pouts as much as Eric. He misses a shot or gets beat and he skates off like a whipped puppy. His leadership is spotty at best. Grade C+. One simple question for Jordan Stahl – At $6M, is he significantly better than Brandon Sutter? Absolutely not, grade D.

    Also, what about a grade for the coaching staff? PK – OK, PP – ugly. And does anyone train the goalies? Seriously, three years in a row with lower body (aka groin) injuries. Somebody needs to train the goalies so they can stretch like Gumby. Grade C-

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