Hurricanes sign top pick Murphy

The Carolina Hurricanes agreed to terms with year, entry-level contract Friday.

Carolina took Murphy with the 12th overall pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

"Ryan is a gifted offensive defenseman," said Hurricanes president/GM Jim Rutherford. "He skates extremely well and is dynamic with the puck. He put up very impressive numbers as a 17-year-old in the OHL, and he's put himself in a position to push for a spot on the NHL level."

As a member of the Kitchener Rangers last season, Murphy led all Ontario Hockey League defensemen with 26 goals and ranked second among OHL rearguards with 79 points in 63 games.