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Ryan Murray will start the season in juniors

Sep 8, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

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It won’t come as too big of a shock, but Blue Jackets 2012 first-round pick Ryan Murray has his lockout plans in order.

Ryan Rishaug of TSN.com reports Murray will start his season with his junior team, the WHL’s Everett Silvertips, and could be there as soon as Thursday.

The one issue for Murray heading back to Everett centered around whether or not he’d be able to get out of there once the lockout ended. Those worries were put to rest as a recent report told us of an apparent agreement between the NHL and CHL to allow pro teams access to their players once the lockout was through.

With that door still open, Murray can start the year in juniors and re-join the Blue Jackets if/when the season begins.

Columbus has a lot of depth on the blue line, but Murray’s talent and status as the No. 2 overall pick have fans and coaches eager to see him in action with the big club.

  1. lordfletcher - Sep 9, 2012 at 9:33 AM

    I think Columbus will have a better decade (after their rebuild) than the Oilers will.

    Murray
    Nathan MacKinnon – pending another unlucky ping pong ball
    (plus two more late 1st round picks 2013′ from NYR / LAK)
    most likely another lottery pick in 2014

    could set up for a great run in 4-5 years

    **
    **

    I like the looks of that more than – Hall – RNH – Yakupov.

    both teams should be set up for long term wealth. EDM is small but very skilled. Will be fun to watch

    -wild fan

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