The Chicago Blackhawks continue to splurge on their defense. After some shuffling around of some major pieces around Connor Murphy in the defensive core, he has signed an extension symbolizing his importance to the team and in the locker room. Connor Murphy put pen to paper on the contract that Stan Bowman offered to him. Making $4.4 million over the next four seasons Murphy will continue to help the Blackhawks through their rebuild and eventually become playoff contenders once again.
Connor Murphy Career Overview
The native of Dublin, Ohio entered the NHL at 20 years old during the 2013-2014 season after being drafted 20th overall in the 2010 NHL entry draft by the Phoenix Coyotes. His rookie campaign was by far his shortest season in the NHL as he only played in 30 games. His rookie season was fairly successful as he scored his first goal and seven assists. Building off his rookie season, Murphy played in 73 games improving his goal total to four goals and three assists.
In his third season with the Coyotes and the NHL, he achieved the most games played in his career, and to that point, he scored his highest point total that including six goals and 11 assists in 78 games. In his fourth and final season with the Coyotes, the organization saw him play in 77 games scoring just two goals and 15 assists.
Following a midsummer trade to the Windy City, Murphy joined a team in the cross tracks between winning multiple Stanley cups in a short amount of time and rebuilding. His first season with the Blackhawks came in the 2017-2018 season. Scoring two goals and 12 assists in 76 games with an average time on ice of 16:22 was just a stepping stone for what he eventually became. His second season in Chicago saw him get a bigger role in the Blackhawks lineup.
Playing over 19 minutes a game for 52 games Murphy was able to score five goals and eight assists. Connor Murphy’s third season in Chicago he got another bump in ice time. Playing over 21 minutes a game in the 58 game shortened season Murphy achieved the highest point total of his career which included five goals and 14 assists. In the latest NHL season, Murphy continued to his rise through the ranks of the Blackhawks defensive core. Playing over 22 minutes in the 50 games regular season Murphy scored three goals and 12 assists.
How Does Connor Murphy Slot Into the Blackhawks Lineup?
According to DailyFaceoff.com, the revamped Chicago Blackhawks will have Seth Jones and Calvin De Haan as the number one pair. Right behind them will be Connor Murphy and Jake Mccabe. Mccabe is a new face in Chicago after spending the first eight years of his career with the Buffalo Sabres. He should be excited for the opportunity to help make the Blackhawks become a playoff contender once again. The defensive duo of Murphy and Mccabe will not light the world on fire with their point-producing abilities but they should be a solid defensive duo that can match up and shut down some of the best lines in hockey.
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