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.