The Flyers have signed 6-foot-6, 211-pound defenseman Sam Morin to a three-year entry-level deal for $4.275 million, including bonuses.
Selected in the first round of the June draft, Morin, 18, has been extremenly impressive in training camp. Though he is likely to be sent back to his junior team, he is giving the Flyers reason to pause before making that decision.
After opening eyes in the Flyers' 4-3 shootout loss to Washington on Monday, Morin said, I’m here trying to make the team, for sure. It’s a lot of experience I take in. The rookie game and a real game now. For sure, I’m here now to make a good impression. First I will have to have a contract and then we’ll see."
Well, now he has that contract.
GM Paul Holmgren said it would be a "stretch" to think Morin would make the team this year, but he didn't close the door entirely.
In Monday's third perild, Morin did a masterful job keeping the puck in the zone during a power play, spinning around and feeding Vinny Lecavalier, who scored on a one-timer from the right circle.
"You can tell right away," Lecavalier said when asked if Morin had an NHL future. "He’s strong _ sometimes, you see 18 year-olds come in and they’re not ready. Their strength isn’t there. Obviously he’s going to get bigger. You can tell he’s got a strong stick and he’s solid out there. He’s making great plays, and it’s pretty rare (to see) any NHL defensemen with his size and his toughness and what he can bring to the table. I think he’s going to have a very long career.”
Playing 23:14 on Monday, Morin had some turnovers in the game, but the good outweighed the bad. By far.
The Quebec native was in Tuesday's starting lineup against the visiting Rangers, paired with Mark Streit.
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