The Flyers sent 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin back to his junior team Rimouski Oceanic of the QMJHL last week. He is too young to play for the Phantoms in the AHL so it was either juniors or the Flyers for the 11th overall pick.
Well things went a bit awry back with Rimouski as CSN Philly reports that Morin has injured his hand but general manager Paul Holmgren would not comment further on the extent of the injury.
Morin signed an entry-level contract with the team last week. The deal is for three-years and, after incentives, carries an average annual value of $1.425 million. The 18 year-old made his debut with the Flyers Monday night against the Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center.
Morinhas turned a few heads while in camp and has caught the eye of some of the respected veterans in the locker room. Morin stripped a Washington Capital of the puck in the offensive zone on Monday night and made a cross-ice pass to Vinny Lecavalier to blast a shot in for his first point with the Flyers. The assist to Morin was also his first point as well.
Lecavalier seemed impressed with Morin's play saying "He’s making plays out there that are kind of rare. With his size and toughness and with what he can bring to the table, he’s going to have a very long career."
Morin's height, 6'6", is obvious on the ice despite not being filled out weighing in at just 201 lbs. He is a defensive-defenseman who plays a physical game. Morin can separate players from pucks and looks for contact. He won't shy away. He uses his long reach to get in the passing lanes and plays a solid defensive game.
He can skate surprisingly well for a player his size but will need to improve if he wants to make an impact at the NHL level. The Quebec native can pass the puck, especially the breakout pass, and handle his own moving the puck but does not excel in the offensive zone. He has a hard shot but, outside of that, he does not add much once in the offensive zone as of yet. It will be an area he will focus on as he adjusts to the professional game.
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