‘Canes send blueline prospect Murphy to AHL (Updated)

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The Carolina Hurricanes have sent Ryan Murphy — their first round pick (12th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft — to AHL Charlotte, the club announced on Monday.

With the move, Carolina has cemented its roster for the opening of the 2013-14 campaign.

Murphy was thought to have a good shot of making the ‘Canes roster to start the year, especially after Joni Pitkanen was lost for the season with the after effects of a broken heel. The 20-year-old made his NHL debut last season, appearing in four games while averaging 21 minutes per, and was one of the most highly-touted prospects in the coveted defensive class of ’11.

Other blueline draftees form that year include New Jersey’s Adam Larsson, Boston’s Dougie Hamilton, Minnesota’s Jonas Brodin and Dallas’ Jamie Oleksiak.

Murphy, a former OHL Kitchener, standout actually made the ‘Canes out of his first NHL training camp in 2011, but failed to appear in a game before Carolina re-assigned him to junior.

This year, the ‘Canes opted to keep eight defensemen over Murphy: Andrej Sekera, Mike Komisarek, Justin Faulk, Tim Gleason, Matt Corrente, Jay Harrison, Ron Hainsey and Brett Bellemore.

UPDATE

According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Murphy demotion may be a “roster manipulation.”

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