Those that needed the Oilers to commerce a defenseman with the No. 1 total choose on the 2012 NHL Draft have lastly gotten their want.
Bruce McCurdy revealed on Twitter on Friday that Ryan Murray has been added to the group’s roster on their official web site. Both somebody on the Oilers internet group has made a really unusual mistake or the group has signed Ryan Murray to a contract. I suppose the latter.
Oilers D corps in keeping with the group’s web site. Seems like Ryan Murray is in. pic.twitter.com/sOzjW0pl1P
— Bruce McCurdy (@BruceMcCurdy) September 2, 2022
Again in 2012, the Oilers gained the lottery and held the No. 1 total choose within the draft. There was a lot debate about what the Oilers ought to do with that choose, as Nail Yakupov was the highest prospect within the draft however the Oilers used their high draft choose on a ahead in 5 consecutive drafts (Sam Gagner in 2007, Jordan Eberle in 2008, Magnus Paajarvi in 2009, Taylor Corridor in 2010, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in 2011).
The Oilers ended up going with Yakupov and the Columbus Blue Jackets chosen Murray at No. 2 in complete. After his 2012-13 WHL season was lower brief as a consequence of shoulder surgical procedure, Murray made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets in 2013-14, the scoring 21 factors over 66 video games.
The story of Murray’s profession is that of a powerful defender who has had a troublesome time damage by damage. His post-draft WHL season was restricted to 23 video games and his second NHL season was restricted to only 12 video games. All instructed, Murray has performed 432 NHL video games over 9 seasons within the league.
Final yr, Murray inked a one-year, $2 million cope with the Colorado Avalanche to supply the group with veteran insurance coverage on the blue line. He performed in 34 video games and logged 14:05 an evening whereas going 22-to-17 whereas on the ice at even energy. Murray did not swimsuit up for the Avs within the playoffs.
UPDATE: The Oilers have introduced the deal. It is for one yr at $750k, the league’s minimal wage.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) September 2, 2022
Including Murray provides the Oilers one other depth possibility on their blue line to play in a defensive function. Murray might fill the function that Kris Russell did on Edmonton’s blue line final season, serving as an additional defender who awoke the defensive zone and penalty-killing minutes when he performed.
Additionally, if Murray would not make the group, he will not value the Oilers something as a buried shot within the AHL.