Samuel Morin has terrific pedigree as the 2013 draft's No. 11 overall pick and terrific size at 6-foot-6, but that doesn't mean most fantasy owners will find him useful as he emerges into the NHL in 2017-18. His stats in the AHL last season serve as a pretty solid guideline -- the 22-year-old is coming off a 74-game season that saw him tally just three goals and 13 assists, but 129 PIM. Indeed, it'll be in PIM and hits where Morin will make his fantasy bacon while likely serving on the second or third pairing for the Flyers.
Morin is determined to make the Opening Night roster, the Courier-Post reports. "I'm way more mature than my first camp when I was 18," he said. "I'm ready to go. I'm ready to compete for that spot and prove to (Flyers GM Ron Hextall) and his staff that I can be a really good NHL player." It's fair to deduce that Morin is healthy after going under the knife in May to repair both wrists. The Flyers have parted ways with Michael Del Zotto and Nick Schultz, so there's certainly room for the towering defenseman, though he'll reportedly have to compete with the likes of Robert Hagg, Travis Sanheim and Phil Myers. If Morin does break camp, he should be an appealing option for fantasy owners involved in PIM-heavy leagues, having amassed 247 minutes in the sin bin over 150 games with AHL Lehigh Valley the past two seasons. However, the 22-year-old is no one-trick pony, as he's posted double-digit-assist totals for five straight years -- including three in the junior-league circuit with Rimouski Oceanic from 2012-15.
Morin had successful surgery on both wrists, though Flyers GM Ron Hextall called the ailment "nothing long term," The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The massive defenseman (6-foot-7, 227 pounds) reportedly played through the injury this season, crafting 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) along with 129 PIM in 74 games for AHL Lehigh Valley. As the 11th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Morin is expected to break camp to be with the Flyers for the start of the 2017-18 campaign.
Morin was reassigned to AHL Lehigh Valley on Wednesday. The massive blueliner laid seven hits on the Devils in his NHL debut Tuesday, offering a sneak peek of what he'll bring to the table in future campaigns. Morin's entry-level contract will expire after next season.
Morin was recalled from AHL Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Listed at 6-foot-7 and 227 pounds, Morin figures to add size and physicality to the lineup. The 21-year-old has amassed 238 PIM over two seasons with the Phantoms, and he's been known to wind up in the scoring column every now and then. Morin didn't have the best preseason with turnovers standing out, but his long-term prospects look promising as the 11th overall pick from the 2013 draft.
Morin was assigned to AHL Lehigh Valley on Wednesday, Adam Kimelman of NHL.com reports. Morin committed a costly turnover that led to a goal for the Rangers in Monday's exhibition loss; it seemed like he panicked while trying to control the puck from behind the cage and and sliding the disc directly at opposing player Brandon Pirri. Morin is a physical player, as evidenced by his 118 PIM with the Phantoms last season, but he's going to have to make smarter decisions on the path to an NHL job.
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