Flyers first-round draft pick, Samuel Morin, signed an entry-level contract with the Flyers on Tuesday. The 6-foot-6, 211-pound defenseman has a three-year deal for $4.275 million, including performance bonuses.
Morin has impressed the Flyers in training camp and the first couple preseason games. In Monday’s game against the Maple Leafs, Morin played 23:14 minutes and had an impressive assist to Vinny Lecavalier. Lecavalier had great things to say about Morin after the game, mentioning his strength and great performance with the Flyers thus far. Both Lecavalier and Holmgren commented on how impressive Morin is considering his size.
Most likely, Morin will be sent back to the QMJHL, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, rather than making the Flyers’ roster this year. He is not eligible to play in the AHL, which might have been a more traditional transition but the Flyers can have Morin on the roster for nine games before they have to decide where to send him. Holmgren hinted that Morin may not make the team this year, especially considering there are already nine defensemen with signed contracts on the roster. Sending Morin back to the junior league would give him a chance to really develop his skills and give him an opportunity to play when the roster has cleared up a bit.
Even if Morin is sent back to the junior league, it is good to know the Flyers have enough confidence in their draft pick to offer him a deal. Morin realizes that just because he has a contract does not mean he will definitely be playing in the NHL. He plans to continue working hard, and I look forward to seeing what he can bring to the Flyers in the future.