Well, lookee here, an article about a Chicago Blackhawks prospect that’s not about Brandon Pirri (maybe)! Yes, Jeremy Morin has also been hot for the Rockford IceHogs, and should also be given a chance. Morin has been on a tear lately and despite being in Joel Quenneville‘s doghouse (for some odd reason), he needs to be called up to the big-league team and soon.
Morin has been on a hot streak in the AHL recently. He’s recorded a point in nine-straight games, leading the IceHogs. He has a total of 37 points in 38 games with them. Yet he’s only averaged less than eight minutes a game with the Hawks, which seems to come from Quenneville’s inexplicable short leash when it comes to Morin and Pirri. Granted, Morin did not produce as much during his last stint with the major league team. It’s not known whether it was Quenneville’s short leash or Morin’s inability to produce that caused the short leash.
Still, Quenneville’s inexplicable reluctance to give prospects enough breathing room has become a problem. Michal Handzus is not producing as he should and Peter Regin is purely a depth move. Morin has shown in the AHL that he’s got plenty of skill to contribute. Even when he’s not scoring, he’s chasing the puck and getting down and dirty, which should please Quenneville. He’s got good defensive skills, which are also a plus. The third line would be a good place for Morin.
And that brings us to Pirri. He should be considered the Hawks’ next star. Instead, he’s the target of trade rumors, despite being named the MVP of the AHL All-Star Classic. He too has been on a points streak, but Quenneville’s misuse of him is hurting him just as much as Morin. If Quenneville wants these stars to produce, he can’t keep them in the AHL. He has to bring them up to the big leagues to they can adjust to the pros. If there is one mistake that Quenneville is making, it’s his mishandling of the Blackhawks’ top prospects.
Morin and Pirri should be called up. If the Hawks want to stay competitive, they’ll have to give their prospects room to grow. Now that Michael Kostka is gone, there should be room on the big-league roster for either or both of them.