2013 NHL Entry Draft Talk 9.0
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05-29-2013, 09:54 PM
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Even 2 or 3 inches shorter, Morin would still be big. While one shouldn't overrate a player simply because of size, one shouldn't penalize a player for being tall. Morin is not the next Chara nor will he ever be. He plays a much more fluid game while Chara plays a more stationary and positional game. Simply because Morin is not and will not be the next Chara does not mean that he is not an intriguing prospect in his own right. At the recent U18 Championship he proved to be as mobile and defensively responsible as any defenceman on Team Canada. I watched him carefully fully expecting that the elite offensive players on the other teams would expose him on the big ice. It didn't happen. He had the lateral skating ability to block most offensive rushes, had the first step quickness and agility to close the ice when needed and had enough straight line speed to create and support offensive chances. The coaches on Team Canada obviously had a lot of trust in him and Morin played in most crucial situations, including the last minute of the Gold Medal game when Canada was protecting a one goal lead. While you may be 'against' Morin , this writer and, I suspect, the dozens of NHL scouts who were present at the U18s, are strongly 'for' a player who has the potential to be an impact player at the next level. If we are lucky enough to be in a position to draft Morin and don't, we're fools.
That's pretty much it in a nutshell. He's not just a big guy playing a Hal Gill type game.
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