Sam Morin and his hulking 6-foot-7 frame remind some of future Hall of Famer Chris Pronger. For the Philadelphia Flyers and GM, Paul Holmgren they certainly hope that is the case down the road.
Morin has many of the requisite skills that scouts salivate over. He is a big man that can also skate with the best of them. He seems to have advanced stick work for a defenseman and a solid sense for the game as well. Make no mistake about it — Morin is also a very physical player. He is not afraid to drop the gloves, as seen by his 100-plus penalty minutes in the QMJHL, and he will also deliver the big hit in his own zone.
Pronger himself helped in scouting many of the drafts top prospects for the Flyers, and it would be quiet a development if he helped the Flyers organization draft the next … him.
The Flyers are desperate for that franchise defenseman and while Morin may be a couple of years away from contributing at the NHL level, the Flyers will wait patiently if he eventually develops in that no. 1 shutdown defenseman that all teams crave and a crucial piece in the pursuit of a Stanley Cup.
Morin says his idol was none other than Pronger himself. He plays with an edge and seems to have the confidence needed to go out there on the ice and wreak havoc. The Flyers will be patient with him but if he lives up to anything close to Pronger, Flyers fans are in for a treat in a few years.