The Hurricanes just announced the signing of goalie prospect Mike Murphy. The youngster has been lights out for the Belleville Bulls this season and is currently the top rated goalie in the OHL.
This is a portion of the Hurricanes press release:
‘CANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH GOALTENDER MIKE MURPHY
Carolina’s 2008 sixth-round pick led OHL in goals-against average and save percentage
RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Mike Murphy on a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will pay Murphy $65,000 per year at the minor-league level, and an average of $541,667 per year at the NHL level, as well as a $235,000 signing bonus.
“Mike has had an outstanding junior career, and that is reflected in his record and the accolades he has received,” said Tony MacDonald, Director of Amateur Scouting for the Hurricanes. “He is a very competitive player with considerable upside and will add valuable depth to our organization at the goaltender position.”
Murphy, 20, finished the 2008-09 regular season with an Ontario Hockey League-leading 2.08 goals-against average and a league-best .940 save percentage while playing in 54 of 68 games for the Belleville Bulls. The Kingston, Ont., native posted a 40-9-2-2 record in helping lead the Bulls to first place in the OHL’s Eastern Conference. In 124 career regular-season games with the Bulls in parts of four seasons, Murphy (5’11”, 161 lbs.) registered a 2.42 goals-against average, a .929 save percentage, an 85-23-5-5 record and eight shutouts. He competed in two OHL All-Star Classics, was named OHL Goaltender of the Year for 2007-08 and helped Belleville reach the Memorial Cup in 2008. He will stay with Belleville for its 2009 postseason run which begins tonight against Sudbury.
Forget about adding depth to the organization, if Murphy can keep up those kinds of numbers, in a couple of years he could be pushing Cam Ward for some playing time.
We were fortunate enough to interview Murphy at the prospects camp this past summer and he shared a pretty funny story. Check here for a link to that interview. Congrats to the young goalie and we look forward to seeing him again next training camp.