Josh Morrissey
Josh Morrissey
23-Year-Old DefensemanD
Winnipeg Jets
Injury Upper Body
Est. Return 4/1/2019
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Over the course of the previous two years, Morrissey has taken over the responsibilities of first-pairing shutdown defender. Despite being deployed in a slightly more defensive role -- which allows Jacob Trouba the freedom to jump up into the play -- the 22-year-old Morrissey has still managed to reach the 20-point threshold, while missing just one game since breaking into the league in 2016-17. If the smooth-skating blueliner continues his upward trend -- of which he is full capable -- he could challenge for both the 10-goal and 30-point marks in 2018-19. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.3 million contract with Winnipeg in September of 2018.
Ruled out until April
DWinnipeg Jets
Upper Body
February 26, 2019
Morrissey (upper body) will not be in the lineup until early April, a stretch of at least 16 games on the shelf, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
The Jets' acquisitions of Nathan Beaulieu and Bogdan Kiselevich at the deadline certainly make a lot of sense given the fact that Morrissey will miss at least a month. Prior to getting hurt, the Calgary native was stuck in a six-game pointless streak and, if his injury lingers, could fail to break that drought until the postseason.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Morrissey played in all 82 games as a rookie last season, registering 20 points and 99 shots on goal. The puck-carrying blueliner was a power-play contributor during his time in the WHL, but he has yet to assume a similar role with Winnipeg, so he shouldn't be expected to produce at a high level offensively in 2017-18. Unfortunately, the addition of Dmitry Kulikov will likely prevent the 22-year-old from earning an expanded role on the power play as well as capping his minutes per game and possibly preventing him from posting a second straight 20-point season. Morrissey has a much higher ceiling than what he’s shown with the Jets so far, but it remains to be seen whether he'll have enough opportunities to show off his skills this season
Morrissey got a chance to compete for an Opening Night roster spot with the Jets in training camp last season, but ultimately spent 2014-15 in the WHL with the Prince Albert Raiders and Kelowna Rockets. While he fell back significantly prom the prior season's 28-goal, 73-point output with Prince Albert, his offensive prowess was still in evidence, as he managed to rack up 38 points (13 goals, 25 assists) over 47 games. The 2013 first-round pick will once again get a chance to compete for a roster spot with the big club in training camp, but it’s likely he will spend the majority of the upcoming season continuing to develop in the AHL. Morrissey's only 20 years old, and he'll likely develop into a staple of the Jets’ young defensive corps over the next few seasons. He may not carry much fantasy value in 2015-16, but with his offensive upside, he should already be owned in keeper leagues.
Morrissey seemed to fulfill the lofty expectations placed upon him after the Jets selected him 13th overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, finishing as one of the top scoring defensemen in the WHL in 2013-14. After registering a whopping 29 goals and 47 assists in 59 games for Prince Albert, Morrissey earned a promotion to AHL St. John’s during the postseason, where he fared well against advanced competition. His successes last season will put him in the mix for a nine-game taste of the NHL coming out of training camp, but he'll then head back to the junior level for some additional seasoning. Once he arrives in Winnipeg, Morrissey could have an immediate impact as a scorer, much like Jacob Trouba provided for the Jets as a rookie last season. Roster him in dynasty leagues -- he could be riding the planes as early as next season.
Terrific offensive upside, if only he was bigger. Still amongst fellow defensemen in the 2013 draft, only Seth Jones has as much offensive potential. A must have in all keeper leagues.
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Injury details pending
DWinnipeg Jets
Upper Body
February 25, 2019
The Jets are focusing on travel arrangements back for Morrissey (upper body) back to Winnipeg, so there may not be another update on him until Tuesday morning, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
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Leaves with upper body injury
DWinnipeg Jets
Upper Body
February 24, 2019
Morrissey left Sunday's loss to the Coyotes with an upper body injury after getting hit along the boards in the third period, Ken Wiebe of The Winnipeg Sun reports.
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Ready to rock
DWinnipeg Jets
February 9, 2019
Morrissey (lower body) will return to the lineup for Saturday's game against the Senators, Brian Munz of TSN 1290 Winnipeg reports.
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Set to play Saturday
DWinnipeg Jets
Lower Body
February 7, 2019
Morrissey (lower body) is expected to return to the lineup against Ottawa on Saturday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
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Status up in air for Thursday
DWinnipeg Jets
Lower Body
February 6, 2019
Morrissey (lower body) isn't dealing with a major injury, though he is still questionable for Thursday's road game against the Canadiens, Paul Friesen of Winnipeg Sun reports.
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