Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Ryan Murray, the No. 2 pick in last June’s NHL draft, will be sidelined six months because he needs surgery to repair an injured shoulder.
Murray is considered a smooth, two-way defenseman similar in playing style to the recently retired Nicklas Lidstrom. Had there not been a lockout, he might have had a chance to play with the Blue Jackets. He is plus-51 during his Western Hockey League career.
He had been playing for the Everett (Wash.) Silvertips until he was hurt in a Nov. 16 game against the Victoria Royals. He had two goals and 15 assists in 23 games before the injury.
He was expected to be a key player for Team Canada at the world junior championships in Russia.
“Ryan is that solid, dependable and consistent player who gives coaches a sense of comfort and security when he’s on the ice,” said former NHL general manager Craig Button. “He’s assured in his play and his sense and understanding of the game allows him to really add strength to a particular partner and make a pairing complete. He’s unflappable.”