There are some very good defenseman prospects in this year's NHL Draft. The best of the lot, unquestionably in my view, is Everett Silvertips blueliner Ryan Murray.
Murray is the perfect example of a "safe" pick. He's not a guy who blows you away with anything he does, but there aren't a lot of things a defenseman could be asked to do that Murray can't handle capably.
2010-11 Team: Everett Silvertips (WHL)
Born: September 27, 1993
2010-11 Regular Season
The problem with a player of Murray's profile is that he's labeled as a "low upside" player. He's not a great goal scorer, but he moves the puck as well as anyone. He can play physical, and he's played a ton of minutes against some great young forwards in the WHL. His defensive game is well-tested and should be ready to make the jump to the NHL rather quickly.
If the fit is deemed right, Murray could easily go in the top-four, especially in a pretty weak draft like this one.
However, guys like Brandon Gormley have come through in the past with the profile of a top-five pick, only to see their stock fall because teams are trying so hard -- you could also say "too hard" here -- to hit a home run with those high draft picks.
Murray could see his stock fall a bit, but at the end of the day, that stock is too high for him to be anything but the top four pick he's advertised to be.