|(4/9/18) Murphy averaged 16:22 of ice time throughout 2017-18, putting up two goals and 12 assists throughout the campaign.|
Although Murphy has now logged between 12 and 17 points each of his last three NHL seasons, he's really found his niche with a solid all-around game. His 109 shots on goal ranked third on the team among defensemen -- perhaps alluding he was robbed in the goal department -- and Murphy also led the blue liners in hits (138), and was also third in blocked shots (103). The 25-year-old was only scratched in three games as well after October, and figures to be a steady piece of Chicago's blue line going forward. Murphy is quick on his feet and a strong skater, so perhaps another season learning Chicago's system will help him move up his points total.