Drafted in the first round of the 2007 NHL, Jim O’Brien may have the distinction of being Bryan Murray’s first ever draft selection as GM of the Ottawa Senators, but you would be a fool not to think of him as one of the last remaining remnants of the John Muckler era.
Talking to reporters at a media availability back in January of 2011, Murray made reference to the prospects coming through the pipeline when the Sens were close to initiating the first phases of their rebuilding effort. (Note: skip to the 5:50 mark in the video to hear Murray's draft record comments.)
“Erik Karlsson was my first real draft here, and I say ‘mine’, I mean our staff. And he’s a pretty legitimate player.”
Legitimate indeed and having watched a number of Bryan Murray’s draft classes grow and develop, the man wasn’t wrong.
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