Thursday, September 18, 2008

Men's Player Previews: #18 Jordy Murray

Vitals:

Position: Forward
Year in School: Freshman
Shoots Left
Height: 5-9
Weight: 175
Hometown: Fairbault, MN
Previous Team: Shattuck St. Mary's

NHL Considerations: Went undrafted in June, which was a surprise. Father Andy is the head coach of the St. Louis Blues, and brother Brady (North Dakota) plays for the LA Kings.

07/08 Stats: 60 games, 38-57-95, 68 PIM
06/07 Stats: 63 games, 26-42-68, 71 PIM

08/09 Role: 2nd or 4th line LW, he'll fit in somewhere on special teams

07/08 Recap: Jordy had another great year for Shattuck St. Mary's, helping lead them to back to back National Championships. Jordy was 3rd on the team behind current teammate Derek Stepan and North Dakota recruit David Toews. Jordy and Derek have played on a line together the past two seasons, and that chemistry will hopefully carry over to their freshman season at Wisconsin. Jordy captained the US Under-18 team at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka tournament last summer, where he was teammate w/ fellow freshman Jake Gardiner.

08/09 Thoughts: Given Jordy background, he should be ready to step in and contribute every night for the Badgers. One additional advantage Jordy has is that he is left handed on a team chalked full of forwards who are right handed. Though Jordy is a smaller forward, I wouldn't be surprised if he eventually finds similar success to other forwards his size like Ryan Lasch at St. Cloud State. I'm not really sure what role Jordy will play out of the gate, but he is a hard worker and is going to give Wisconsin his best no matter what position he is asked to play. Definately a great addition to the Cardinal and White.

Prediction: 30 games, 3-8-11

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