Every couple of weeks or so at BoO, some Sens fan reminds everyone that Bryan Murray built the Stanley Cup Winning Ducks team and not Brian Burke. Burkey, they will tell you, simply walked in, poured a coffee, and watched Murray's roster get him his first cup ring.
I beg to differ.
Here is a look at Bryan Murray's contributions to the Stanley Cup Winning Anaheim Ducks.
Bryan Murray watched over three NHL drafts for the Ducks from 2002 through 2004.
*In 2002 Murray drafted Joffrey Lupul in the first round, who would later be traded by Burke.
*In 2003, the deepest 1st round of the modern era, Murray picked twice: Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. Then in the 8th round, Shane O'Brien was drafted. O'Brien would play 62 regular season games but zero in the playoffs. No other players in that draft are of note.
*In 2004, no player drafted by Murray had anything to do with the cup winning team, which may be expected it being so close to 2006/2007.
Result: Twenty-Five players were drafted by Bryan Murray in Anaheim. Only Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry played a role in the Ducks playoff run.
TRADES AND SIGNINGS
Bryan Murray made 7 trades during his tenure as GM in Anaheim. Here is complete list of players acquired (for full list of players to go the other way, see Murray's wiki page).
Petr Sykora, Mike Commodore,Jean-Francois Damphouse, Igor Pohanka, Sandis Ozolinsh, Lance Ward, Rob Niedermayer, Alexei Ivanov, PetrSchastlivy, Martin Skoula.
Result: Only Rob Niedermayer played a playoff game for the cup winning Ducks.
BRYAN MURRAY SUMMARY
Three years, 10 players added by trade and 25 draft picks, and in the end, of the 28 players who played in at least a game for the Anaheim Ducks in the 2006/2007 playoffs, only 3 of them came from Bryan Murray.
Do we still think that 3 players out of 28 constitutes "architect"?