Ryan Murray Selected by Columbus Blue Jackets with the 2nd overall pick

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets selected defenseman Ryan Murray with the 2012 NHL Draft's second overall pick.

Murray is a two-defender known for his cerebral approach to the game. The 18-year old is lauded as a natural born leader and is projected by many as a potential future captain at the NHL level.

He stands at six-feet tall and is pushing 200 pounds but has a calm skating motion that allows him to remain stabilized in the defensive zone and frustrate attackers.

His fluid style allows him to be a presence in the offensive zone as well even though he isn’t an offensive defenseman by nature. The presence of a high-hockey IQ allows him to contribute on the attack with the help of his poised decision-making when moving the puck.

Murray’s ability to move the puck also aids his play in the defensive zone, as he is capable of out-letting teammates to force the rush in the opposite direction.

Spending the last three seasons as a member of the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, Murray has recorded 20 goals, 84 assists and 104 points in 168 career games.

Murray is most commonly compared to Scott Niedermayer.