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NHL Draft Results: How Ryan Murray Bolsters The Blue Jackets

The Columbus Blue Jackets' blue line is about to get even better. On Friday night, the Blue Jackets selected Ryan Murray with the second pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. A defenseman from the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League, Murray was a consensus as the second-best player available in the draft.

The Cannon, SB Nation's Columbus Blue Jackets blog, discussed in greater detail how Murray boost the team's defense:

The Jackets have been steadily upgrading their defense over the past couple seasons, and Murray is the latest addition to what is becoming a great looking unit. He is known for his steady play and leadership abilities. Most impressively, he was only the second junior-aged player to play for Team Canada at the Men's World Hockey Championship. He is generally considered to be NHL-ready, and the consensus is that he is wise beyond his years.

He won't wow you with his play, but he plays a solid, safe game.

Still, solid players are needed for the foundation of solid team.

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