The team's 2013 first round pick Samuel Morin threw his stick into the stands following a 5-2 loss in the QMJHL last night. Morin received a game misconduct at the conclusion of the game and will likely receive at least a one-game suspension, potentially more.
If Morin is suspended, it would be his third suspension of the season so far. His temper appears to be something that he needs to work on moving forward or else he won't do the Flyers much good.
Morin signed an entry-level contract with the team in September. 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 in the preseason against the Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center.
The big defenseman had turned a few heads while in training camp in September and caught the eye of some of the respected veterans in the locker room. Vinny 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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