: Prospect Info:
Round 1, Pick #11: Samuel Morin, Defense, Rimouski (QMJHL)
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07-01-2013, 12:18 AM
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From Hockey Prospects' Black Book (ranked 18):
"The giant defender will interest many NHL teams at the 2013 draft and there's no question he has a lot of attractive tools for the next level, but we would still qualify Morin as a project.
At 6'6" and 203 lbs, Morin is an intimidating force on the back end. He improved his footwork this year, thus making it easier for him to play an aggressive, mean and physical game. You know it will hurt to go in a battle down-low with the big defenseman. He will pin you to the board easily and use his long reach to elimate time and space from skilled players. He got over 100 penalty minutes this season, while he should cut down on undisciplined penalties. He was involved in many scrums, roughing situation in front of the net and fights, displaying his physical side well. He executes well the position game defensively, he blocks a lot of shots and covers a lot of space in slot coverage and he chooses the right moments to press the opposition most times showing good defensive hockey sense. He skates with long strides, making him a good forwards skater. He has above-average puck control and agility offensively for a big man. He doesn't hesitate to be aggressive on the pince, shows great confidence controlling the puck at the blue line and possesses a quality, low wrist shot with good accuracy.
Like most 17 year old defensemen his size, Morin still has a lot to improve before playing in the big leagues. Backward skating and gap control are still issues for him although it has progressed nicely in 2012-2013. He still has a hard time dealing with explosive skaters when they come out wide on him because he lacks backward speed and lateral mobility. Acquiring better explosiveness and overall skating abilities will help him play an even more aggressive game in all 3 zones. We would also like to see him take fewer undisciplined penalties, Morin has put his team in trouble more than once during the season with these. He still needs to put some pounds on to fill in that frame completely. With the size, mean streak and surprisingly good offensive potential he has, Morin is surely an interesting project for this year's draft".
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