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NHL Draft 2011: Boston Bruins Like Ryan Murphy With Ninth Overall Pick

With the NHL Draft beginning Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, all eyes will be on the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins as they will pick ninth overall. The Bruins will reportedly look for defense with the pick, specifically Canadian born CHL player Ryan Murphy.

All reports here indicate he will not get past the Boston Bruins at No. 9. Murphy also made a trip to test and interview with the Bruins and the word is that Peter Chiarelli and company came away with everything they wanted to see and hear to not only draft him -- as we suggested in our final mock draft -- but also expect him to be in the lineup at age 18. (via ESPN Boston)    

Murphy last played for the OHL's Kitchener Rangers, were he posted an impressive sophomore season.  He scored 26 goals and added 53 assists in route to scoring a total of 79 points during the 2010 season.  

Last season, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and company chose 19-year-old Tyler Seguin with the second overall pick. Like Murphy, Seguin was also a highly-touted player from the CHL.  

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