Philadelphia Flyers Select Samuel Morin With 11 Overall Pick
Samuel Morin in action. (Courtesy of Getty Images.)
After much talk of the Philadelphia Flyers moving up during the 2013 NHL Draft, the team decided to stay put and use the 11th overall pick.
With the Dallas Stars likely stealing left winger Valeri Nichushkin from the Flyers, GM Paul Holmgren announced that the club would select defenseman Samuel Morin of Rimouski Oceanic in the QMJHL.
Morin, who will be turning 18 on July 12th, stands tall at 6’6″, 203 lbs. In 46 games with Rimouski, he scored four goals and added 12 assists, and racked up 117 PIM, many of which came from fighting majors. “I’m tough and can fight anyone” Morin told reporters after being selected.
He had seven points in just six playoff games after returning from a broken collarbone.
Hockey’s Future has a scouting report on the Quebec native:
A towering presence on the blue line, Morin plays plenty of minutes against the opposing team’s top offensive units and is called upon to provide a steadying force in the defensive end. Physical in his own end, Morin doesn’t always make the most of his big frame, although he still needs to continue to fill out. He makes smart plays defensively and good first passes out of the zone. He also has a booming slapshot, but his overall offensive game still needs refinement. With a long stride, Morin is a powerful skater, but will need to continue to improve as he adds muscle to his frame.
Morin admitted that aspects of his game could definitely use some amelioration. “I skate pretty well, but I want to improve that.”
With that said, he stil feels confident he could make the team this year. “I think I’m going to compete in camp. I will do everything to make this team.”
When asked about who he modeled his game after, former Flyers captain Chris Pronger was his player of choice. “I’m a tough guy, a two way defenseman”, but he would also mention that he was more of a “defensive defenseman”. He also noted Pronger as his favorite player growing up.
“I’m tough and they like tough guys” Morin noted when asked about the organization’s history. “I think it’s a perfect match.”
If Philadelphia finally decides to show some patience in young defensemen in their system, than Morin could develop into a solid player. However, with other defensive options such as Nikita Zadorov and offensive defenseman Ryan Pulock still available at the time, Morin’s selection is questionable, at best.