NHL Draft 2012: Everett Silvertips Defenseman Ryan Murray Selected No. 2 Overall

June 21, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Draft prospects (front row from left) Malcolm Subban and Filip Forsberg and Alex Galchenyuk and Matthew Dumba and Griffin Reinhart and Nail Yakupov and (back row from left) Ryan Murray and Cody Ceci and Morgan Reilly and Jacob Trouba and Radek Faksa and Olli Maatta and Mikhail Grigorenko pose for a photo during the top prospects press conference in preparation for the 2012 NHL Draft on board the Gateway Clipper Fleet. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Ryan Murray has been playing for the Everett Silvertips since the 2009 postseason. On Friday, he was selected at No. 2 overall in the 2012 NHL Draft.

The first round of the 2012 NHL Draft is underway on Friday night. A top prospect with strong local ties ended up being one of the most sought-after picks of this year's talented crop. 18-year-old Ryan Murray, who had been playing with the Everett Silvertips, has been selected by the Columbus Blue Jackets as the No. 2 overall pick.

As expected, the Edmonton Oilers selected young phenom Nail Yakupov as No. 1 overall, but Murray was at the top of most mock drafts, as well as at the top of the early-picking teams' lists. Murray is a defenseman from Saskatchewan who has been playing for the Silvertips since the 2008-09 season.

While Murray doesn't put up the flashy raw offensive numbers that a player like Yakupov does, he is considered to be one of the best defensive players in the draft and is expected to have an incredibly high ceiling.

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