Josh Morrissey
Josh Morrissey
24-Year-Old DefensemanD
Winnipeg Jets
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.
Looking ahead to 2019-20
DWinnipeg Jets
April 22, 2019
Morrissey missed 20 games due to a shoulder injury, but is expected to be 100 percent for training camp, Mitchell Clinton of the Jets' official site reports reports.
Morrissey shook off any lingering issues with his shoulder in order to suit up in the postseason. In six matchups with the Blues, the defenseman logged 19:08 of ice time per game and tallied one assist, eight shots and 12 blocks. Even with the injury, the Calgary native set career highs in assists (25), points (31) and average ice time (22:24) and should push for the 40-point mark in 2019-20.
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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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Tallies assist
DWinnipeg Jets
April 14, 2019
Morrissey posted an assist and two shots in Sunday's 6-3 win over the Blues in Game 3.
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Pointless in Game 1
DWinnipeg Jets
April 10, 2019
Morrissey logged 17:15 of ice time Wednesday, failing to record a point in a 2-1 loss to St. Louis in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.
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Ready for Game 1
DWinnipeg Jets
April 10, 2019
Morrissey (upper body) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's Game 1 against the Blues,'s Tim Campbell reports.
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Progressing from injury
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Upper Body
April 8, 2019
Morrissey (upper body) was designated as a "full-go" Monday, Paul Friesen of Winnipeg Sun reports.
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Sitting out finale
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Upper Body
April 6, 2019
Morrissey (upper body) won't be in action for the regular-season finale against the Coyotes on Saturday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports.
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