Date of birth: Dec 9, 1992
Place of birth: Sherwood Park, AB, Canada
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 197
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2011
After averaging almost a point-per-game in the 2011 WHL playoffs, Joe is a best kept secret no longer. Morrow is in the all-around puck-moving mould of blueliner who is so highly coveted by NHL teams in the post-lockout era.
Cannon shot – check. Very good passer – check. Puck poise – check.
However, what really sets morrow apart is his absolute superb skating ability. Although I think the comparison is a stretch, when you hear Paul Coffey’s name in the same sentence as Joe Morrow, you have to stand up and take notice.
Although definitely improved especially with respect to positioning, Morrow must continue to develop his defensive acumen and work on having a quicker shot release.
Top Prospects Game: (from Bruins Draft Watch 2011)
“The puck-mover didn’t do a great deal to stand out either way. He was involved earlier in the game when Cherry had a string of power plays, but when the offense tilted the other way, Morrow was largely invisible. You can see the size and skill, but this wasn’t a great game for him.”
“It’s amazing how strong he is. He has so much power in his legs and upper body, and his leg strength is a big part of his explosive skating as well as his big shot.”
- Portland Director of Hockey Operations Matt Bardsley
“Morrow’s skills are highlighted by hi great skating ability. Morrow has smooth strides, and wins races on a regular basis.”
- HockeyProspect.com 2011 Draft Guide
Draft tracker: 5 questions with Joe Morrow, Portland Winterhawks (Yahoo Sports: Buzz the Net)
International Tournaments: N/A
ETA = 2-3 years
Risk = 1.5/5 Reward = 4/5
Top 4 puck-moving defensemen with top pairing upside
*See “One Timer” section above.
Very good passer
Superb skating ability
Flaws/Aspects He Needs To Work On:
Continue to train to increase strength and add mass to frame to handle the rigors of the NHL.
Continue to develop his defensive zone acumen.
Need to get shot off faster, i.e. increase shot release speed.
Fantasy Hockey Potential: Offensive = 8/10 Defensive = 8/10
NHL Player(s) Comparison:
- A hybrid of Dan Hamhuis and Duncan Keith
- Hall of Fame:
“He reminds me of Denis Potvin, without the mean streak … with his offensive skills and the way he plays the game. He’s a first-pairing guy in Portland and he’ll be an NHL player someday,” said the CSB’s Rick Jackson (Edmonton Journal)
JOE MORROW (20TH)
Portland's second-round pick from the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft stepped up offensively in the WHL playoffs and leading all blueliners with six goals, and finishing behind only Brayden McNabb with 20 points.
Strengths - Athletic, swift skating puck mover, really gritty, not afraid to lay the lumber on opponents. Has a big shot from the point. One of the better skaters in the draft.
Weaknesses - has sense issues in the defensive zone, doesn't always make the right decisions and reads. Will need to learn to pick his spots offensively.
NHL Upside - Number three or four defenceman who will see lots of power play time, providing he corrects some risky defensive habits.
Last edited by shureshot66: 06-24-2011 at 09:42 PM.
Any winger taken at #23 would be three years away from the NHL anyway, so I didn't care what position we took.
Having read a little about Morrow in the past 10 minutes, my initial impression is that I like this pick. The value of smooth-skating offensive defensemen are at a premium in the new NHL — assuming he pans out as projected, this turns into a pick that results in very good value for us or he is traded for a return better than you'd expect for a 23rd overall pick.
Of course, he could bomb, too. But none of what I read indicate he's a risky pick at all.