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Looking to make the leap: Travis Morin

Aug 8, 2014, 10:58 AM EDT

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It’s not often you hear of a 30-year-old “looking to make the leap” into the NHL. But then, there aren’t many 30-year-olds who have scored as many points in the AHL as Travis Morin has over the past few seasons, with only seven NHL games on his résumé.

Morin’s 2013-14 season was his best as a professional. The Minnesota native had 88 points (32G, 56A) in 66 regular-season games with the Texas Stars. He then added 22 points in 21 playoff games, on the way to a Calder Cup championship.

For his efforts, he was named both the regular-season MVP of the AHL and the playoff MVP. And according to the Dallas Morning News, with Dustin Jeffrey and Chris Mueller having moved on to different organizations, the Stars believe Morin “could be among the first call-ups” next season.

The challenge for Morin will be cracking a Dallas roster that doesn’t exactly have a shortage of scorers in its top six. The organization is also stocked with a number of good, younger forwards, who will similarly be looking to make the leap next season.

“They tell me I need to just get quicker and make plays faster, and I think that’s what I started to do this year” Morin told NHL Live in June. “Hopefully it leads to something next year.”

  1. sunking1 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    30 yrs. old and still fighting to live the dream? Let’s hope he makes it!

  2. 19to77 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    I’d mention Jamie Oleksiak too. He’s played bits of the last two seasons but hasn’t made the roster full-time. On the other hand, Dallas is going into the season with six full-time NHL defensemen (assuming Dillon is resigned shortly), and we know they’re not happy with one of them as they offered to retain part of Gonchar’s salary just to move him somewhere else. Big window of opportunity for Oleksiak, but can he make the jump?

  3. darksidecowboy - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Hi time up he just couldn’t find the back of the net. Playing in the AHL he’s on the #1 line and #1 PP unit. That’s the catch 22, he won’t get the ice time or top line minutes making his stats a bit peaked. His only chance is to have a killer camp and make the most of his 4th line minutes. He’s still a quality player that could be package in a trade this year.

  4. oriolelifer14 - Aug 8, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    MORIN!!!!! He went to my high school. Leading scorer, leads in most category’s , yet you ask even most of the hockey players at the school, nobody has heard of him …. Rooting for this guy!

    • wutangwild - Aug 9, 2014 at 9:48 AM

      I remember him from Osseo way back in the day. Always like to see MN guys make it in the NHL.

  5. migoli - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Osseo !

  6. gbatap - Aug 8, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    There’s 3-4 forwards ahead of him on the call up list. At 30 years old his nhl ship has probably sailed.

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