The Columbus Blue Jackets were in need of some care, love and attention as they start to reshape their franchise – and they took a massive step in that rebuilding process when they traded captain Rick Nash to the New York Rangers for three players and a first-round draft pick.
That was the first step and a significant one and the next step looks equally significant as they attempt to sign their first-round draft pick, defenseman Ryan Murray, to a three-year entry-level contract.
Murray was ranked right at the top of this year’s draft and is said to be ready for the NHL. He spent last season with the WHL’s Everett Silvertips, Murray recorded nine goals and 31 assists, which was tops among club defencemen—even in an injury-shortened season that Murray suffered.
Taken second overall in the draft by the Blue Jackets, he had wowed scouts and those who tune into watch live hockey online [http://www.bet365.com/news/en/betting/] with not only his skating ability but also his consistency during the season.
He was described thus – at 6-feet and 201pounds Murray might not be the flashiest performer available among what many consider to be a deep and talented group of defencemen eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft, but he might be the most consistent.
Murray, a favourite among those who bet on hockey, is a great skater with excellent lateral movement, and sees the game well as plays develop around him.
He is a very capable playmaker and can effectively jump into or lead the rush up the ice. With a heavy shot from the point, it certainly appears that Ryan Murray has all of the tangibles that NHL teams love to build around on their blueline.
With a testimony like that he should provide plenty of hope for the future for the Blue Jackets and provides them with a player that they can hopefully build their franchise around.
The 18-year-old will help strengthen and solidify the Jackets’ defence as their strongest position heading into the 2012-2013 season with players like Jack Johnson and James Wisniewski leading the way.
Columbus will seem strange without Nash as the Jackets begin the next chapter in their short time as a franchise. And, with Murray now under contract, the future on the blue line looks bright and they can look forward to their future.