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Blue Jackets first-round pick Ryan Murray out 6 months after shoulder surgery

By Adam Gretz | Hockey writer

On Friday, we examined everything that has gone wrong for the Columbus Blue Jackets over the past year, capped off by the NHL cancelling the All-Star Game that was scheduled to take place at Nationwide Arena.

Among the other bad breaks was a shoulder injury suffered by their 2012 first-round pick (No. 2 overall), Ryan Murray.

On Tuesday, the team announced that Murray will undergo shoulder surgery sometime in the next two to three weeks and is expected to miss six months. That will pretty much knock him out for the entire 2012-13 season, assuming it ever starts.

"It's been really disappointing," Murray told BlueJackets.com. "It's not the kind of news you want to hear, and it's going to be a long recovery time. But this surgery pretty much has to be done.

"But you gotta do what you gotta do, and I'm just going to rehab it, do the best job I can in the process and get it back to 100 percent as quickly as possible."

It's just one bad break after another for the Blue Jackets. After finishing with the worst record in the NHL last season, they lost the draft lottery and the opportunity to pick top prospect Nail Yakupov (Edmonton won that right). Murray was their consolation prize, and a pretty good one. But even he can't avoid the cloud of bad luck that seems to be perpetually hanging over the Blue Jackets' organization.

The Blue Jackets were so high on Murray that they reportedly turned down a trade offer on draft day from the New York Islanders that involved every draft pick the Islanders had in 2012.

Murray would have likely been on the Blue Jackets' roster had the season started on time. With the lockout taking place, he returned to his junior team, the WHL's Everett Silvertips. He had recorded two goals and 15 points in 23 games.

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