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Flyers send d-man Morin back to junior

Sep 18, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

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The Philadelphia Flyers have sent defenseman Samuel Morin, the club’s first-round pick in this summer’s draft, back to his junior team (Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL).

From CSNPhilly.com:

The 18-year-old defenseman was nothing short of impressive in training camp and has served notice that he is likely a year or two away from joining the Flyers full-time.

Unusual though it may be, the Flyers were stacked on defense in camp with nine players on one-way contracts plus Hal Gill on a tryout. Gill will go to Lake Placid when training camp continues on Thursday.

General manager Paul Holmgren all but said Morin was going home for more seasoning on Tuesday night.

“It’s a stretch just because of the numbers we have here,” Holmgren said . “We’re just going to take it a day at a time and see how it goes.”

Morin — all 6-foot-6 of him — was selected 11th overall by the Flyers and recently signed his entry-level contract.

More on Morin here.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Great couple of games by Morin. Excellent poise in the defensive zone, impressive mobility for a big man, and even a little offensive production. The future is bright.

  2. lostpuppysyndrome - Sep 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    I was really worried they’d leave a few inches of him behind once Holmgren called his name! ;) I keed, Jason.

  3. goodolejr - Sep 18, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    This kid definitely turned some heads. I was one of many Flyers fans who was ready to break their TV when they took him over Pulock or Zadorov but he’s definitely made me feel a lot better about the pick. I cannot wait to see what he does when he’s ready in 3-4 years to be in the NHL full time. Hell, it may even be in 2 years but I don’t want to rush him.

    One thing I will say is that a lot of people need to chill with the Pronger comparisons a bit. Yes Morin is a big kid (and even about 30lbs heavier than Pronger was at his age) but Pronger was a very special player with having the offensive prowess to go with his defensive ability, which Morin doesn’t have (to the degree Prongs did). That said, I’m not trying to take anything away from Morin as he is still poised to be a very VERY good defenseman for years to come. If he pans out and realizes the potential that he’s shown in just these 2 games, the Flyers may have finally hit a homerun on that homegrown defenseman we’ve lacked for the better part of forever.

  4. blackandorangeforlife - Sep 18, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    He can still play upwards of 9 games this season!

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