Flyers select defenseman Samuel Morin at 11th overall

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With the eleventh pick in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft the Philadelphia Flyers selected defenseman Samuel Morin from Rimouski of the QMJHL.

The 6’6” 210 lb defenseman was ranked #23 on the CSS North American skater rankings.

He put up 4 goals and 12 assists for 16 points in in 46 games, to go along with 117 PIM. While most scouts tend to think Morin has limited offensive output, he did conclude this season’s playoffs with 7 points in 6 games.

It is not surprising, since he models his game after Chris Pronger, that he brings a physical presense and some fighting ability.

Our Jared Abbott profiled Morin leading up to the draft. From that prospect profile:

“The towering defenseman is very hard to miss. Scouts have been high on Morin since he was selected seventh overall by Rimouski in the 2011 QMJHL Entry Draft. Furthering his hype, the lefty blueliner played well enough in 62 games as a rookie to earn QMJHL-All Rookie Team honors. Despite no goals and just eight assists in his first year Morin garnered plenty of attention for his defensive play. A late-season injury cost the Quebec native the majority of his first QMJHL playoff experience, but a surprising run by the Oceanic to the league finals allowed Morin to see time in 10 playoff contests.

Morin has been a steady presence on the blueline for the Oceanic, regularly logging heavy minutes against the league’s top offensive units. This season the skyscraper on the point produced four goals and 12 assists through 46 games in the regular season. Offensive output isn’t Morin’s forte although he can hold his own with the puck on his stick.

His extremely long reach and physical strength allows the defenseman to win most battles along the walls. Morin is a space-eater in his own zone, and can turn the play up ice quickly with a strong outlet pass. In the final CSS rankings, Central Scouting has Morin listed as the 23rd ranked player among North American skaters. I have Morin ranked 26th overall in my Top 30 prospect rankings and slated him 25th overall to Montreal in my latest mock draft.

 

Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus had Morin as his 60th ranked prospect:

“Morin had a fine draft season, and while he still needs to work on a few areas of his game, he is progressing in the right direction. His main asset is his physical gifts, as he is 6’6″, 200-pounds, while still remaining mobile. That combination is unique, and it makes him a desirable asset.

Morin still needs to improve with the puck as he is not an impressive offensive player, with just average puck moving instincts. “

Watch the Flyers select Morin:

And here is Morin’s introductory interview: