After sending rookie goaltender Anthony Stolarz back to the London Knights of the OHL, the Philadelphia Flyers got busy cutting four players off the roster, but they also decided to sign yet another rookie.
The Flyers announced on Tuesday that they signed 2013 NHL Draft pick Sam Morin to a three-year entry-level deal for $4.275 million. The 18-year old defensemen is likely to go back to the juniors, but he has impressed the Flyers a lot through training camp and exhibition games. Even newcomer Vincent Lecavalier is impressed with the kid, as he told the press he believes Morin will be in the league for a long time to come.
Since the Flyers’ 2013 draft was handpicked by former (or current?) Flyers star Chris Pronger, hearing this from a veteran NHLer has got to be good news. It also proves to fans that maybe this Morin kid has more talent than pre-draft predictions and speculation gave him.
Like most NHL hopefuls, Morin is trying to impress the team so he can get a spot on the pro roster come October, and if he keeps it up, he could be a serious contentor. He does also have to compete with Scott Laughton, Jason Akeson, Tye McGinn and other rookies already in the system who have experience on the pro team.
Since the Flyers seem to think signing every defenseman will fix their problem rather than acquiring good defensemen, Morin will likely not stay with the team. Since he’s under 20, he’s not eligible to head to the farm team in Adirondack, so the Flyers are likely to send him back to his junior team until they feel his development is at the point where he should be playing with the pro team.