After being a healthy scratch for all four games of the season starting road trip, the Philadelphia Flyers reassigned defenseman Sam Morin to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms of the American Hockey League on Wednesday afternoon.
Fans will have to wait a little longer to see Morin make his 2017-18 season debut, but you can expect him to be back with the big club in the near future.
Earlier in the week, Morin expressed that he was “pretty upset” that he was not playing, but said that he will keep working hard to reach his goal of playing in the NHL.
Morin had a very good training camp and the final roster spot was down between him and Robert Hagg, who has little left to prove in the AHL. He made the opening road trip because the team wanted to keep an extra defender on the roster in case of injury while out west.
The Flyers current blue line is set up with three defensive defenders (Radko Gudas, Hagg, Andrew MacDonald) and three who can add to the offensive attack (Shayne Gostisbehere, Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim).
Despite the demotion, Dave Hakstol still has confidence in the young defender.
Hakstol on Morin: :There are only good things for Sam Morin" ahead of him. Team has "asked him to work some specific things" in AHL for now.— Bill Meltzer (@billmeltzer) October 12, 2017