On Monday night, after picking up a dazzling assist in his first taste of NHL action, first round pick Samuel Morin said he needed a contract.
Less than 24 hours later, he got one.
The Flyers signed Morin, their 11th overall pick in June, to a three-year, entry-level contract on Tuesday. He will collect a base salary of $925,000 in each of those three years, with performance-based bonuses that could push him to $1.425 million per season.
Morin, 18, also gives the Flyers the flexibility to have his contract slide if he is sent back to junior hockey this season. He has two years of junior eligibility left.
Morin logged an impressive 23:14 against the Capitals in Monday night’s split-squad exhibition loss, though he did feed Vinny Lecavalier on the power play for his first goal in a Flyers uniform.
“He was really composed out there tonight with the puck, that’s the thing that jumped out at me,” coach Craig Berube said. “Playing in his first exhibition game in the NHL, I thought he was tremendous. He did some really nice things with the puck, hanging onto it and not panicking, looked good in the power play, made a nice play to Vinny for a goal there on the power play, but all in all he was very composed out there.”
Morin will likely remain with the Flyers throughout the rest of training camp, before the brass decides whether or not to send him back to the QMJHL’s Rimouski Oceanic. He will be in the lineup on Tuesday night (7:00 pm, Comcast Network) against the Rangers, skating on a pair with Mark Streit.
For more about Morin, and his chances to make the Flyers, read Wednesday’s Daily News.