In all the attention paid towards prospect Teuvo Teravainen, another big-name Chicago Blackhawks prospect is finally getting his chance. Jeremy Morin has been silently scoring left and right for the AHL‘s Rockford IceHogs, looking to finally catch his big league break once again. Now that a few injuries have cleared up some roster space, Morin can show head coach Joel Quenneville what he’s been missing out on.
Prior to being called up, Morin had been on a tear. He scored points in 15 of his last 16 games, 13 of which were on a 13-game points streak, combined with 13 goals and 10 assists. After the Hawks dealt Brandon Pirri, Morin became the team’s top prospect in Rockford, not playing in college or Finland. Tweets begging the team to “Free Morin” appeared. Now that the Hawks have been bit by the injury bug, Morin has his big chance.
He should take it with gusto. There’s certainly the possibility of the Hawks having to make deals in the offseason, so Morin could be in good position to make the big league team. He doesn’t have to score, but he’ll have to prove to Quenneville that he’s grown enough to make the full-time jump.
His attitude will certainly help. He mentioned that he feels he’s a more mature player now. Even Quenneville seems to agree, which bodes well for the Auburn, New York native. That has also extended to GM Stan Bowman, who praised Morin by saying that he provides energy and offense, and that he deserves a chance.
The circumstances behind his call-up might be unfortunate, but make no mistake — Morin can and should prove himself to the Blackhawks organization. He may not have the Beatlemania-esque reaction that Teravainen brings, but he’s still an important part of the franchise’s future.