Morrow is stronger, nastier to play against and a better skater. Has a better shot too. I'm a big fan of both players, but for now and the future, I take Morrow. I don't think that he's miles ahead of Pouliot, but he is better.
Pouliot is a very good skating offensive defenceman. He is an elite passer with great hands and the ability to finish on the rush. Had a good postseason for the Winterhawks, but his ability to defend is still a concern going forward. I think that he has arguably the highest offensive potential of any WHL blueliner in the draft, but is also a bigger risk to make it as a full-time NHL player because of his size, strength and play away from the puck. With that being said, he's not afraid to play physical in the corners and in front of the net, so that's a good sign in regards to his defensive growth. He could be considered a boom or bust player by some people.
NHL Style Comparable: Brian Campbell
Top End Potential: #3 Defenceman, PP Quarterback
Pick Prediction: 18-25th Overall
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“Pouliot is a very good skating offensive defenseman. He is an elite passer with great hands and the ability to finish on the rush. He can control the pace of the game with his patience and poise. He needs to work on the defensive side of the game and become a better player without the puck.”