On Thursday, the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that Ryan Murray — the No. 2 overall pick at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft — underwent successful surgery to repair his shoulder.
Columbus GM Scott Howson said the club expects Murray to make a full recovery after six months of rehab.
The 19-year-old rearguard hurt his shoulder playing for WHL Everett on Nov. 16, trying to break his fall after taking a hit.
Prior to the injury, Murray was considered a strong contender to make the Columbus roster. He had 17 points through 23 games with the Silvertips and captained the WHL squad versus Russia in the Subway Super Series.
This past spring, Murray — then just 18 years old — was the youngest player on Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF World Championships, averaging nearly eight minutes a game and finishing the tournament plus-1 while playing with the likes of Duncan Keith, Dion Phaneuf and Jay Bouwmeester.