Ryan Murray Injury- The Good the Bad and the Ugly

June 21, 2012; Blue Jackets top draft pick, Ryan Murray waits to take batting practice as a guest of the Pittsburgh Pirates before the game against the Minnesota Twins at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

The only good news, is that Ryan Murray gets to spend Christmas with his family. The Bad news is that is is because he is injured. The Ugly new is that he will undergo surgery in a few weeks. That surgery will likely end his Junior Hockey Career and as with all serious injuries could affect his entire hockey career,as not a few players are never the same after a serious injury.  The injury, is a torn labrum, which happened when he dislocated his left shoulder while playing in a regular Western Hockey League game. The recovery is expected to take 4 to 6 months. Yes he will miss the World Juniors, and even if his recovery goes faster than expected, I suspect the Blue Jackets will keep him out of the small number of remaining games just as a precaution.

Ryan could possibly have been playing for the Blue Jackets except for an annoyance called a lockout. So since he was only 19, and not eligible for the AHL, it was back to his Junior Club with no questions of options. Of course, his club, the Evertt Silvertips, didn’t really mind. After all, they were getting their Captain back and he was promptly named Captain again for this year.

His performance this year is: in 23 games, 2 goals  15 assists with a +1 rating. Now those of you who are used to high scoring winger statistics this doesn’t sound like the stats for a #2 overall draft pick. Let me share this quote from the Silvertips site following Ryan’s injury: “The Tips will have to figgure out how to get along without their best player”. That’s how the people on his team feel about him.  Period!

Ryan, Good Luck with your Surgery, healing and the rest of your career. The Blue Jackets can use you.


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