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12-10-2010, 12:15 AM
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With the #5 selection in A2010, the Wascana View Millionares are pleased to select:

Derek Morris, D

Morris was probably the guy that MadArcand was talking about when he referred to a guy like Gord Murphy. Watching Morris, I see a guy who's a smooth skater, great at moving the puck, and good enough in the other areas of the game to remain a useful player.

Morris has played 892 NHL games now and has been far from a nondescript player during that time. He has averaged 22.5 minutes a game and has put up 28+ points 8 times. Aside from his rookie season (5), and a three season stretch around the lockout (4, 4, 4), Morris has always been a top-3 defenseman on his team, including three seasons as Calgary's #1 in 2000, 2001, and 2002.

With 374 points after peaking in the dead puck era, Morris is a very solid offensive performer. His career -25 is a symptom of bad teams; he's an adjusted +30. Morris has been on the ice for a whopping 48% of his team's PP goals, and 35% of their PPGA.

Originally Posted by Hockey Scouting Report 2004
possesses all the high-level skills, but what really sets him apart is his brain. Morris has a real grasp of the technical part of the game. he is a thinker and understands hockey thoroughly... Morris plays in all game situations, on the first PK unit and the first PP unit... posses speed that brings to mind his role model, Paul Coffey. Morris is better defensively, though... occasionally prone to breakdowns, but learns from his mistakes... not very big, but is strong... you can't run him over...
Originally Posted by Hockey Prospectus 2010-11
Will bring veteran leadership and two-way play to the Coyotes for several seasons

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