The Flyers announced Tuesday afternoon that they have signed 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin to his entry level contract. Initially thought to return to Rimouski at some point during training camp, his signing means the team has been impressed so far and plan to keep him in camp at least a little longer than expected. Morin represents the Flyers 51st contract, but as was the case with goaltender Anthony Stolarz and Taylor Leier, the contract is likely to slide as they return to their respective junior teams according to Flyers writer Bill Meltzer.
Morin, 18, had an impressive showing last night against Washington, his first preseason action of his NHL career, logging over 23 minutes of ice time, and special teams time as well. He notched an assist on fellow newcomer Vincent Lecavalier’s first goal as a Flyer.
At 6’6, 210 pounds, Morin has some beefing up to do, but the Flyers have never been known to give time for young players to develop, and the quick signing should not be a surprise, but more so how impressed they’ve been with him thus far. There’s still a good chance Morin will be returned to Rimouski at some point, but may be given the Scott Laughton try-out treatment first.
As per the NHL CBA, Morin would be able to play in nine NHL games before burning the first year of his entry-level contract. Laughton, 19, played in five games last year, the limit due to the lockout, for the Flyers before returning to his junior team, the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.
Update: As expected, but maybe not this soon, Morin was sent back to juniors today.
— Samuel Morin (@morin055) September 18, 2013