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‘Canes send blueline prospect Murphy to AHL (Updated)

Sep 30, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

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The Carolina Hurricanes have sent Ryan Murphy — their first round pick (12th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft — to AHL Charlotte, the club announced on Monday.

With the move, Carolina has cemented its roster for the opening of the 2013-14 campaign.

Murphy was thought to have a good shot of making the ‘Canes roster to start the year, especially after Joni Pitkanen was lost for the season with the after effects of a broken heel. The 20-year-old made his NHL debut last season, appearing in four games while averaging 21 minutes per, and was one of the most highly-touted prospects in the coveted defensive class of ’11.

Other blueline draftees form that year include New Jersey’s Adam Larsson, Boston’s Dougie Hamilton, Minnesota’s Jonas Brodin and Dallas’ Jamie Oleksiak.

Murphy, a former OHL Kitchener, standout actually made the ‘Canes out of his first NHL training camp in 2011, but failed to appear in a game before Carolina re-assigned him to junior.

This year, the ‘Canes opted to keep eight defensemen over Murphy: Andrej Sekera, Mike Komisarek, Justin Faulk, Tim Gleason, Matt Corrente, Jay Harrison, Ron Hainsey and Brett Bellemore.


According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Murphy demotion may be a “roster manipulation.”

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  1. stcrowe - Sep 30, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    I have seen this kid play in the OHL. He has some amazing moves, but he is pretty small. If the Hurricanes are dressing lumbering pylons like Komisarek and Hainsey on defence, it would be good to pair Murphy with one of them, much like P.K. Subban was once paired with Hal Gill in Montreal. Murphy can compensate for their lack of speed, and they can stay back while he makes his moves. I guarantee that he is fun to watch.

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