Connor Murphy

Aaron Vickers

The son of former NHL player Gord Murphy, plays a well rounded two-way game. Skates well with good overall mobility but does not have great speed, instead taking good angles. Smart and instinctive defensive player, controls his gaps and stays in solid position. Has an active stick and uses his size well to separate the puck from his opponent. Not overly physical but can deliver timely and effective checks as well as move attackers out of the crease. Can be aggressive offensively but does so without when it is safe. Strong as a point man on the power play, good accurate shot and vision to see passing lanes opening up. Can be forced to turning over the puck in his own zone when pressured and has some durability concerns. Has been on the shelf because of different injuries the better part of the past two sea- sons. (May 2011)