Eyes On Isles select on behalf of the New York Islanders, defenseman Ryan Murray from the Everett Silvertips in the WHL.
Finally, in what will likely shape up as the “Year of the Defenseman”, the first blueliner goes with the 4th pick. In all likelihood, (in real life) Murray will not still be there when the Isles step to the podium. As far as the mock draft goes, this could start a run on d-men that could see as many as 16 blueliners go in the first round.
In Murray, the Islanders add a franchise type defenseman who was good enough to make the Canadian Junior team as an 18 year old (not an easy task for a defenseman) while only playing a handful of games prior to the team’s selection camp in December with an ankle injury. Murray is a solid player at both ends of the ice and his composure is immeasurable. He, more than any other defenseman in the draft, is the most likely to stick in the NHL next season. He is destined to be a captain in the NHL sooner rather than later, having held the post on almost every team he has been a part of.
On the clock with the #5 pick is the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Editor in Leaf