Matthew Murray - Soo Greyhounds
6'4" - 160 LBS
D.O.B. May 35, 1994
The former second round pick of the Soo Greyhounds enters his second season with the team after appearing in 28 games in 2010-2011 and posting an 8-11-3 record with a 3.79 goals against average and a .887 save percentage.
In 2009-2010, Murray played Minor Midget AAA for his hometown Thunder Bay Kings, appearing in 40 games and posting a remarkable 32-5-6 record and a sparkling 1.71 goals against average and 5 shut outs. His play led him to be the second goaltender chosen, 35th overall, in the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.
In June, Murray was one of 16 goaltenders selected to join Hockey Canada's goaltending camp and was one of only 6 under 18, joining Daniel Altshuller from the OHL.
Technically, he plays a sound butterfly style. He has very good size and uses it to cover as much of the net as he can. He's an above average skater with excellent lateral movement. He's quick to come out and challenge shooters and to recover. He possesses good reflexes. His strongest suit is his calmness and mental toughness. He rarely gets rattled under pressure and he rebounds and moves on quickly on the rare occasion that he lets in a soft goal.
Ranked number 3 in goal in my preseason rankings, he'll be in tough to surpass Altshuller or Malcolm Subban, but make no mistake about it, he has the ability to do so and if anyone is going to break into that top two, Murray has the best chance. He'll carry the Greyhounds this season and watching his progression will be one of the best story lines in the OHL this season.
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