Samuel Morin is the type of player the Philadelphia Flyers were missing

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The Philadelphia Flyers have fallen on tough times as of late, losing ten of fifteen games in the month of March, including a 9-0 embarrassment again the New York Rangers. The orange and black have not been the same team since coming back from their COVID stoppage back in February. They have been getting outworked in almost every single game, which has caused the Flyers to fall outside of the playoff picture.

The offense has struggled all season long. Before the team’s COVID stoppage, the Flyers were getting outshot in almost every game and were still able to win. Since then, the opposite has happened where they are out shooting opposites and losing games.

The defense has been one of the worst in years as they are constantly turning the puck over and giving up odd-man rushes multiple times every game. Which has not been helping goaltenders Carter Hart and Brian Elliott while both are in the midst of a sub-par season. The two netminders average a 0.878 SV% and a 3.52 GAA, statistically one of the worst goalie tandems in the league.

Sam Morin has provided a spark the Philadelphia Flyers have been missing.

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With the Philadelphia Flyers season running on fumes, the team put their faith in the 11th overall pick from the 2013 draft, Samuel Morin.

Before the start of the current season, Morin had played nine games for the Flyers over the course of four seasons. He has had an uphill battle to make it to the NHL after tearing his ACL twice in the same knee in two seasons. At the start of training camp for the 2021 season, Morin switched from being a defenseman to a forward, thinking that he would have better job security there and even played a few games as a forward for the Flyers. But after being sent back down to the minors, Morin switched back to defense, where he played six games before being called up to the Flyers.

On March 25th, Morin made his return to the lineup to face the New York Rangers. Even though the Flyers lost the game, Morin made his presence known with a fight against Brendan Lemieux (who was traded to Los Angeles two days later). The energy Morin brought from game one carried over to the Flyers’ second matchup against the Rangers two days later. Where the Flyers had one of their best games of the season, thanks in part to the scrappy play of Travis Konecny. The game was capped off with Morin’s first NHL goal to win the games in which Morin stated as “the best moment in my life.”

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After all the adversity Sam Morin has faced in his career, it is only fair that he is given a shot to be apart of the Philadelphia Flyers’ full-time roster and hopefully help the team find their grit, which has been missing since Wayne Simmonds was traded away three seasons ago. Morin has the hot hand, and it would be foolish for Flyers leadership to not have him play.