November 9, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes defensemen Ryan Murphy (7) is congratulated by teammates after his 1st period goal against the Minnesota Wild at PNC Center. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Murphy: Carolina Hurricanes Season Recap

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Over the next few weeks, Cardiac Cane will take a look at every player on the Carolina Hurricanes and see how they played in the 2013-2014 season.

2013-2014 Season Stats: 48 games, 2 goals, 10 assists, 12 points, -9

After playing just 4 games during the 2013 season, Ryan Murphy looked to become an NHL regular during the 2013-2014 season. He bounced back and forth between the Carolina Hurricanes and Charlotte Checkers for much of the year, but Murphy showed some signs of improvement throughout the season.

Ryan Murphy took many steps forward this season for the Carolina Hurricanes, but he also took a few steps back. He made a lot of great offensive plays, but the defensive breakdowns were obvious at times. That being said, his defense was a lot better than most people expected.

Ryan Murphy was very good at getting the puck up ice and into the offensive zone, but he struggled at deciding what to do with the puck after getting there. He forced a lot of turnovers and made some bad decisions in the offensive zone, but that is to be expected from a young, developing offensive defenseman.

If Ryan Murphy can learn how to distribute the puck a bit better over the offseason, that would benefit him greatly. He is still a very young player at 21-year-old, so there is plenty of time for him to improve.

12 points in 48 games isn’t enough from the team’s offensive defenseman, so he will need to improve on that next season.

 

End of Year Grade: B-

 

 

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