Samuel Morin
Samuel Morin
24-Year-Old DefensemanD
Philadelphia Flyers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The Flyers blue line will have a couple new faces in 2019-20, which makes it hard to predict where Morin will fit into the picture. Complicating matters, of course, is the fact that he'll be returning from an ACL injury that kept him out for most of last season. He played just five games with the big club and two with AHL Lehigh Valley in 2018-19, failing to tally a single point at either level. Fantasy owners that are still intrigued by Morin's first-round pedigree should plan on taking a wait-and-see approach with him during the first few weeks of the upcoming campaign. Read Past Outlooks
$Morin agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Flyers in June of 2018.
Sitting in press box
DPhiladelphia Flyers
October 11, 2019
Morin is still waiting to make his 2019-20 debut, as he's been a healthy scratch for each of the first two games of the season.
ANALYSIS
It's only been two contests, but Morin made the Flyers as the team's seventh defenseman, so it's hard to project a lot of playing time for the 24-year-old. Morin has a lot of upside, but he's also returning from an ACL injury that kept him out for most of last season. He's played just seven games at any level since returning.
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Morin just signed a three-year deal to stay with the Flyers organization, but the ACL tear he suffered during the AHL playoffs is expected to keep him out until February. The 23-year-old played in two NHL games last season, and while he didn't post a point, he recorded a plus-1 rating, four PIM, seven hits and a block. He's no stranger to PIM, as he racked up 129 in 74 games with AHL Lehigh Valley in 2016-17.
Morin has terrific pedigree as the 2013 draft's No. 11 overall pick and terrific size at 6-foot-6, but that doesn't mean most fantasy owners will find him useful as he emerges into the NHL in 2017-18. His stats in the AHL last season serve as a pretty solid guideline -- the 22-year-old is coming off a 74-game season that saw him tally just three goals and 13 assists, but 129 PIM. Indeed, it'll be in PIM and hits where Morin will make his fantasy bacon while likely serving on the second or third pairing for the Flyers.
After he was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Morin has shown promising growth in the last year, as evidenced by his 31 points in 54 games in the QMJHL. He's not just a scorer -- Morin tallied 121 PIM and a respectable plus-12 rating, indicating he can impose his will on his opponents. Just remember that defensemen take longer to mature than other positions, especially ones who play with his type of physicality. The expectation is that Morin will be promoted to the AHL level this upcoming season.
The Flyers liked Morin so much they made him their first-round draft pick this year, ahead of some other highly-touted defensive prospects. The 6-foot-6 defender still needs some refining before he's ready to play in front of the Flyers' net. And being just 18, he'll likely spend some time maturing his skills in the AHL.
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Finishes 2018-19 with no points
DPhiladelphia Flyers
April 9, 2019
Morin played five games in 2018-19 and posted a minus-3 rating with no points and five shots on net.
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Plays second game of season
DPhiladelphia Flyers
March 30, 2019
Morin posted a minus-1 rating, two blocks and one hit in a 5-2 loss to the Hurricanes on Saturday.
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Likely a healthy spectator
DPhiladelphia Flyers
March 21, 2019
Morin (illness) is projected to be a healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Blackhawks, Scott King of NHL.com reports.
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Dealing with illness
DPhiladelphia Flyers
Illness
March 19, 2019
Morin is under the weather and won't be available against Montreal on Tuesday, Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Sitting and waiting
DPhiladelphia Flyers
March 12, 2019
Morin is still waiting to make his first NHL appearance this season.
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