October 17, 2015

Pucks On The 'Net: Remember Rob Murphy

The Canucks iced two teenage rookies - Jake Virtanen and Jared McCann - in their game vs. St. Louis on Friday night.

That marked the first time since 1988 that the Canucks had done so. Back then they played Trevor Linden and Rob Murphy.

They also played 22 year old rookie Ben Hutton on defense, which marks the first time they iced three rookies in the same game in sixteen years. In the 1998-99 season they dressed Bill Muckalt, Peter Schaefer, and Josh Holden.

Everywhere around the NHL these days there is lots of excitement over all the promising rookies in the league. Funny thing, though, is a lot of them will not work long term. Very few will be a true star like Trevor Linden. Many will be busts like Rob Murphy and Josh Holden. Others will be serviceable depth players for stretches, like Bill Muckalt and Peter Schaefer.

As much as I like Jake Virtanen and, more-so, Jared McCann and Ben Hutton, and so many, many other rookies across the NHL right now, let's remember Rob Murphy and Josh Holden and temper our expectations just a bit about the futures of these guys.

By The Way - Rob Murphy is a scout for the Arizona Coyotes nowadays.

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