When the Chicago Blackhawks were forced to cut a huge chunk of their Stanley Cup-winning roster in the summer of 2010, the acquisition of Jeremy Morin from the Atlanta Thrashers was considered a victory. A guy that projected as a top six forward in the future, there was some excitement surrounding him.
That excitement has yet to turn into anything real on the ice to this point.
With the exception of a couple of brief appearances up with the big club, Morin has spent most of his time in the organization laboring with the Rockford Icehogs, but has also been dealing with injuries that have held him back.
Morin was a second round pick of the Thrashers back in 2009, after successful stints with the U.S. development program and especially with the Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League.
There’s no doubt that Morin has the physical ability to be a successful player in the NHL. He has the size and the shot, though there have been some questions about his personality. Sounds a bit like Kyle Beach, from that aspect.
Morin has missed a big chunk of time in his two seasons in the Hawks organization, one being a lingering concussion and another being a shoulder injury. But he comes into this season healthy and has his best shot yet to make the team. But can he take advantage of it?
We’ve seen a few prospects leap ahead of Morin, particularly Brandon Saad, who is a favorite to make the team out of training camp. That means that Morin has his work cut out for him if he hopes to make the team or even stick at some point during the regular season.
I do like Morin’s game. He has gigantic potential in the offensive end, and has a touch of grit in his game that could make him very effective. It’s just a matter of when we’re going to see him, if at all. I’d expect we see him at some point in 2012-13, but he’s going to have to come to play if he hopes to stick and remain with this club for the future.
ETA: Late 2012