Chicago Blackhawks Rumors: A Trade Is Likely for Jeremy Morin Before Draft

By Steve Kriegshauser
Jeremy Morin
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In 2010 the Chicago Blackhawks traded their big defenseman, Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Sopel along with veteran forward Ben Eager, to the Atlanta Thrashers (now the Winnipeg Jets) in exchange for Jeremy Morin, Marty Reasoner, Joey Crabb and two picks in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

The prize of the trade for the Hawks was the acquisition of Morin.  He had an amazing season, prior to being traded, with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL netting 47 goals and 83 points. Since signing with the Hawks in 2010, Morin has not found his stride, only playing in a total of 38 NHL games. 24 of those games coming this season as the Blackhawks tried to get a feel of where he stood in the organization. In his 38 games at the NHL level, Morin only has eight goals and eight assists. Morin has just not been able to crack the line up of a young, talented roster like the Hawks have.

That being said, Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville has never really shown much interest in Morin. The Blackhawks will most likely shop him to other teams for draft picks in the upcoming 2014 NHL Draft. Morin may be able to draw mid-round draft picks and could potentially be packaged in a deal for a second line center that the Blackhawks desperately need. Morin has talent, there is no argument there, the Blackhawks just have too much talent for him to really shine on this roster.

The Hawks do not want to let him go for nothing as he is only a restricted free agent coming out of his rookie contract. Look for teams to inquire about the young forward who still has potential to turn his career around.

Steven Kriegshauser is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for  Follow him on Twitter @SteveKriegs, “Like” him on  Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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