Ray Shero announced today that the Devils have acquired defenseman Ryan Murphy from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for defenseman Michael Kapla.
The 25-year-old Murphy was drafted 12th overall in the first round by Carolina in 2011. He is a native of Aurora, Ontario and spent five seasons in the Hurricanes’ system. He was in his second season in the Minnesota organization where he was playing primarily in the AHL with the Iowa Wild. There he had three goals, 12 assists for 15 points over 35 games according to the press release on the subject. He also has recorded 12 penalty minutes at the AHL level. It also said that he has played two games at the NHL level this season.
The press release also notes that he has played in 174 NHL regular season games and has eight goals and 34 assists (42 points) and 42 penalty minutes at the big league level. The right-shooting d-man has 17 goals and 92 assists (109 points) over 172 AHL regular season games. He was also a 2015 AHL mid-season All-Star. Playoff-wise, according to the press release, he has one Stanley Cup Playoff game under his belt and five Calder Cup games (where he has notched two assists).
Prior to being drafted, the 5-foot, 11-inch, 185-pound blueliner played junior hockey with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario Hockey League. He was a member of the OHL All Rookie Team in 2009-10, was twice named to the OHL Second Team All-Star Team (2011-12 and 2012-13) and represented Canada at the 2013 World Junior Championship. All of this information comes directly from the Devils’ press release.
Murphy will report to Binghamton of the AHL where, in a bit of a lateral move, he will replace Kapla. Kapla, 24-years-old, “was in his first full season with the Devils organization.” According to the press release, he had a goal and 15 assists for 16 points with the AHL Devils.