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On Friday night, the Hurricanes did what they said they would do. They drafted the “best player available” by selecting defenseman Ryan Murphy from the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. Most pundits had him going in the top ten, and many had him pegged to be selected eighth. While flashy (and big) forwards like Joel Armia and Sven Bartschi were still available, they went with little defenseman, who is just 5’11 and 176 pounds.
I’m not a big fan.
Carolina’s traditional modus operandi has been to draft defensemen in late rounds to load up the system and to acquire NHL-ready defensemen via trade. They have not had any success when they’ve selected a defenseman in the first round. I’ll get to that in a bit, but first, I’ll look at Murphy.