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On Thursday, the Hurricanes decided to return defenseman Ryan Murphy to the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. The 2011 first round draft selection survived the final round of roster cuts, and was a healthy scratch in all four Hurricanes games so far.
Because Murphy is just 18 years old, and non-European, and did not play collegiate hockey, he isn’t eligible to play at the American League level, so Charlotte wasn’t an option. Because he played in less than ten games (he didn’t play in any games), he can be returned to Kitchener and the meter doesn’t start running on his professional contract until next season.
Carolina is now down to a roster of 22, which is where they usually are. I don’t think they’re done adjusting the roster, though. At least I hope not.
The Hurricanes have announced the opening night roster for tomorrow’s home tilt against the Bolts. There’s a bit of intrigue to it. Ryan Murphy, the highly touted 2011 first round draft pick, survived the final round of cuts and was kept on the roster. Strangely, he’ll be a healthy scratch for opening night. The expectation was that he would play in the first nine games, then get sent back to the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL as if nothing had happened. If he plays fewer than 10 games, his newly signed contract will roll over until next season.
My money was on forward Riley Nash to survive the final cut and make his NHL debut this week. That’s going to have to wait. Frankly, I’m at a loss as to why the Hurricanes would keep Murphy around just so they could scratch him.
On Thursday, the Hurricanes trimmed their training camp roster to 24 by sending 12 players to Charlotte of the American League. The group of twelve includes Zach Boychuk, who was projected to make the final round of cuts. Instead it was former Oilers first round pick Riley Nash who has ended up as the thirteenth forward on the depth chart.
Although the league allows a roster of up to 23 players, Carolina will not carry more than 22. The final cuts will be from the blue line.
Boychuk played in 23 games for the big team last season and in 31 the season before that. He was expected to make the big team out of camp last fall, but Jeff Skinner exceeded everyone’s expectations and stole the roster spot from him. Boychuk would later say that he wasn’t as prepared as he should have been. He worked hard this summer and he arrived to training camp early, hoping to get up to speed and impress the coaches. Unfortunately for him, he wasn’t able to impress the coaches. From what I’ve heard and read, he didn’t look good in any of the scrimmages or pre-season games.
On Friday evening, the Hurricanes announced that they have come to terms with 2011 first round draft selection Ryan Murphy. The 18-year old defenseman, who was selected with the 12th overall pick this July, has become the second straight Kitchener Rangers player signed by the Hurricanes out of the Traverse City prospects tournament. Like Calder Trophy winner Jeff Skinner before him, he has signed a standard Entry Level two-way contract, but he isn’t old enough to play in the American League. He can be returned to Kitchener or he can play with the big team.
The particulars of the contract are pretty standard. Three years. $832,500 at the NHL level or $70k at the AHL level in all three seasons. He also gets a $277,500 signing bonus. Again, the American Hockey League requires North American players to be at least 20 (or turning 20) years old, but the NHL allows 18-year olds to play.
Murphy has a ton of offensive upside, and he finished last season with 79 (26/53) points in 63 regular season games with Kitchener. He also added 11 (2/9) in seven post-season games. Everyone who’s watched him play agrees that he’s a very exciting and very special player. He’s piled up a ton of awards along the way. He made the OHL first team all-rookie team in 2009-10. He was an OHL first-team all-star in 2010-11. He was named the best defenseman at the 2011 IIHF World U-18 Tournament. And now he’s put himself in a position to earn a roster spot on the big team. That’s a tremendous accomplishment for any 18-year old, but especially because he’s a defenseman.