March 17, 2017
Earlier this week Matt Larkin of The Hockey News posted his list of the top 10 falling prospects in the National Hockey League and one of the Flyers top prospects was included. Defenseman Sam Morin has fallen from being ranked as the 51st top prospect to 92nd in just one year.
“Don’t panic too much over Morin’s plunge. Our panel put Philly’s Travis Sanheim and Philippe Myers in the top 100 ahead of Morin and also factored Ivan Provorov into the Flyers’ overall team youth crop ranking of sixth. Morin is the least offensively flashy of the bunch and thus fades into the background, but the most recent scouting reports on his development in AHL Lehigh Valley aren’t negative at all.
He’s a towering, tough beast at 6-foot-7 and 227 pounds. The Flyers hope he can be Chris Pronger, minus the offense of course. Morin is only 21. He didn’t play himself out of last year’s high ranking. It’s more that other prospects just outshone his game, which isn’t eye-poppingly entertaining.”
Morin was selected 11th overall at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and has yet to make his NHL debut. In two years with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the American Hockey League, Morin has seven goals, 32 points, 225 penalty minutes and a -7 goal differential in 135 games.
Next year could be a make or break season for the young defender. With Nick Schultz and most likely Michael Del Zotto off the roster, Morin will have a chance to win a spot on the NHL roster during training camp.
Do you still have high hopes for Sam Morin?