Last week, there were a few youngsters in the Carolina Hurricanes system who shined in the opening weekend of the Canadian Hockey League and it was mainly some of the organization's lesser-known prospects like Brock McGinn and Keegan Lowe. It was good to see those players stand out but some of the team's more highly touted prospects such as Ryan Murphy had very quiet performances over the weekend. This isn't anything to be worried about since the OHL season is still in its very early stages, but there are big things expected from Murphy this year since he is the captain of the Kitchener Rangers and one of the most accomplished players on the team, so there are a lot of eyes on him right now. He didn't do much in his first couple of games last week but this week was a little different in both a good and bad way.
Murphy recorded his first point of the season by getting an assist on a powerplay goal in the Rangers 2-1 over the London Knights last Friday. Murphy was also responsible for helping the Rangers powerplay go 2-4 on the night, which was a key to their success in that game. The night before, however, wasn't so good for either Murphy or the Rangers. Kitchener dropped a 4-2 loss to the Windsor Spitfires that night and Murphy was on ice for all four Windsor goals. Judging by the highlight packages, however, Murphy was at fault for maybe two of those goals. Windsor scored their first goal after Ranger defenseman Ryan Hanes was stripped of the puck in the neutral zone and scored on a partial breakaway. Murphy had a chance to break up the play but he looked a bit slow getting to the Windsor forward. The other goal he was responsible for came later in the contest when he had trouble containing a Windsor forward off the face-off and allowed him to get to the front of the net, screen the goalie and eventually score on the rebound.
It was definitely a rough game for Murphy but those bumps in the road tend to happen in a long season and I'm sure there will be more positive things to report on regarding him over the next few months. Speaking of more positive news, let's take a look at some of the other Canes CHL prospects.