Photo by Tom Sorensen via the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.
Well, from everything I can read, this is an intriguing pick for the Phoenix Coyotes, a stockpile of talent type pick if you will. Connor Murphy, a US defenseman, and son of former NHLer Gord Murphy was selected by the Coyotes in the first round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Here are the basics on Murphy:
Date of Birth: March 26, 1993
Place of Birth: Boston, MA (BB Yands?!?)
Weight: 185 lbs
From what I was listening on TSN's coverage, Murphy is a work in progress and has committed to Miami University of Ohio. He missed most of this past year with an injury, but really impressed at the U18 tournament where he was the US leading scorer among defensemen and scored the game winning overtime goal in the gold medal game. Not too shabby.
Here's the take on Murphy from Hockey Futures:
Connor Murphy, D, USA Under-18
ISS had Murphy in the first round discussion early in the season but he failed to impress for most of the season and slipped or landed in our falling discussions frequently. Murphy emphatically erased much of that doubt with his performance during the World U18 Championships and sealed the deal by ending the tournament in dramatic fashion by netting the OT winner in the gold medal game. The son of former NHLer Gord Murphy, Connor is versatile, mobile and at times mean and seems to thrive when push comes to shove.
For a full review of Murphy, check out the great work done at our Columbus Blue Jacket's affiliate, The Cannon.
Basically, the Coyotes get a good defense prospect that they don't have to pay right now and could develop into a staple at the blueline for the time when we are seeing Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Brandon Gormley and Maxim Goncharov patrol there. It's a crapshoot and d-men in general take some time to develop so there's no way to evaluate this one for quite some time. Certainly doesn't seem like a big stretch considering how he did at the U18 Championships though.