Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Top Draft Pick Murray to Three-Year Deal

July 24th, 2012 by Patrick Drottar Leave a reply »
Yesterday, the Jackets took the biggest step in reshaping their franchise when they traded captain Rick Nash to the New York Rangers for three players and a first-round draft pick.

The Blue Jackets will now look to take the next step in turning things and took a big step for their future today.

According to the Blue Jackets website, the team has announced that they have signed first-round draft pick, defenseman Ryan Murray, to a three-year entry-level contract.

Murray was the top-ranked defenseman in this year's draft class and is believed to be NHL ready.

Last season with the WHL's Everett Silvertips, Murray recorded nine goals and 31 assists, which was tops among club defensemen—even in an injury-shortened season.

Scouts raved about Murray's consistency as well as his skating abilities before he was selected second-overall by Columbus.

"The 6-foot, 201-pound Murray might not be the flashiest performer available among what many consider to be a deep and talented group of defensemen eligible for the 2012 NHL Draft, but he might be the most consistent."

"Murray is a great skater with excellent ...

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