In all the whirlwind surrounding Teuvo Teravainen, one Chicago Blackhawks prospect was forgotten. Jeremy Morin had been slugging it out in the AHL for the Rockford IceHogs and was called up around the same time Teravainen was called up. But now, Morin has been on a roll in the big leagues while Teravainen has been sent down to Rockford. Teravainen is the future, not the present. The present belongs to Morin.
Since getting called up, J-Mo has gone on a four-game points streak, all of them Blackhawks wins, with goals in three straight. To say he’s making the most of his opportunity might be an understatement. Morin, aside from the wasted potential of Brandon Pirri, was the one Hawks prospect who was more than ready for the big stage. Unfortunately, he’s struggled with injuries that may have hampered his chances.
He’s bounced back since then, and that included a 30-goal season for the IceHogs last year. That confidence has built and helped him go on a couple of scoring streaks during this season. The hashtag #FreeMorin (a spin-off the the ultimately fruitless #FreePirri campaign) was popularized in order for head coach Joel Quenneville to stop being stubborn when it comes to prospects and personnel decisions.
That brings us to the fact that Morin has been amazing as of late. If anything, he’s been the best player on the team in the past couple of weeks. He should be given a regular role with the team in the immediate, near and distant future. He’s been clicking well with a line with Bryan Bickell and Peter Regin, which has helped him score those points and goals. With the falling star of Kris Versteeg and Michal Handzus, Morin could replace either one.
Morin’s play has shown that he’s ready for the big leagues. Quenneville has a good player on his hands, and turning him into a Black Ace would only harm the young star. The Hawks need all the momentum they can get in the playoffs, and J-Mo is on fire.