The Chicago Blackhawks are in a tough fight with the St. Louis Blues. In order to win, they need all the offense they can get. Yet for some reason, one player who can help deliver that much-needed offense isn’t even getting a nod. Jeremy Morin had been on fire during the last couple of games in the regular season, yet he hasn’t gotten so much as a mention from head coach Joel Quenneville, who continues to keep the same lineup that hasn’t done much offensively against the Blues.
To be fair, Morin wouldn’t be the Hawks’ savior (I mentioned that about Teuvo Teravainen once and I was right, but he ended the season with the Rockford IceHogs). But here’s a question — why is Morin sitting while Michal Handzus and Brandon Bollig see their ice time going down each night? Aside from Handzus’s role on the penalty kill, there doesn’t seem to be any reason for them to even be in the lineup if they’re not going to be getting much ice time.
If the Hawks need some more offense, Morin is the guy they need. He’d scored four goals in five games down the stretch. Now, I know what you’re about to say, “He doesn’t have playoff experience!” Well, there’s a first time for everything, isn’t there? At one point, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews didn’t have playoff experience; neither did Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw. At some point, Morin will need that playoff experience; why not get it now?
Why Morin isn’t in the lineup is still a mystery, but perhaps it’s attributable to Quenneville’s inexplicable stubbornness when it comes to prospects; just ask Brandon Pirri. If Quenneville wants to deliver the knock-out blow, he should put Morin in and soon.
As the hashtag says, “#FreeMorin”!