22-Year-Old Defenseman – Philadelphia Flyers
Samuel Morin Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Flyers in September of 2013.
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."
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
After he was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Morin has shown promising growth in the last year, as evidenced by his 31 points in 54 games in the QMJHL. He's not just a scorer -- Morin tallied 121 PIM and a respectable plus-12 rating, indicating he can impose his will on his opponents. Just remember that defensemen take longer to mature than other positions, especially ones who play with his type of physicality. The expectation is that Morin will be promoted to the AHL level this upcoming season.
The Flyers liked Morin so much they made him their first-round draft pick this year, ahead of some other highly-touted defensive prospects. The 6-foot-6 defender still needs some refining before he's ready to play in front of the Flyers' net. And being just 18, he'll likely spend some time maturing his skills in the AHL.