Today’s profile is over Samuel Morin, a giant defenseman who has spent the last two seasons playing with Rimouski in the QMJHL.
Age: 17 (Born July 17, 1995)
Weight: ~200 lbs
NHL CS: 23rd among American skaters
Hockey Prospectus: 60th
Future Considerations: 29th in April, now out of the top 30
There’s a wide range of differing opinions about Samuel Morin, but he seems locked in to be picked by the early second round. With four picks in the top 54 of this year’s draft, Morin is a guy who could certainly be interesting for the Stars.
Morin has really shot up the draft charts during this season. He entered the year with a third or fourth-round grade but has now shot up to be a sure second rounder with a slight possibility of going in the first round.
He played well for the Rimouski Oceanic this season and was a part of the Canadian U-18 team in the World Junior Championships that won the gold medal. With Rimouski, he had four goals and 12 assists in 46 games and also racked up 117 PIM.
For Morin, it’s all about his potential. He’s a huge kid at 6’6” but doesn’t have a lot of weight to him at the moment as he’s just above 200 lbs. He should eventually fill out that frame, though there are some concerns that he may have trouble doing so.
He’s an extremely raw talent, but the talent is definitely there. He’s an above-average skater, better than one would expect for a kid his size, and has some good agility and footwork. He has a pretty good shot and is an average puck mover at the moment, but he’s certainly not going to wow anybody on the offensive end of the ice. As one would expect from a defenseman his size, it’s mostly about the defensive potential.
Obviously, he’s got a great reach, and he uses that well to his advantage. He’s a bit on the thin side right now, but he still uses his size well in making hits and keeping the front of the net clear. He played top minutes and was a shutdown defenseman for Rimouski the past year and rose up draft charts as a result.
How Does He Fit with Dallas?
A couple of years ago, Dallas prioritized size in their draft. A couple of big defensemen, Jamie Oleksiak and Troy Vance, were drafted to the team as a result. Oleksiak seems well on his way to becoming a part of the main squad, but Vance is still toiling away in the QMJHL with PEI.
Dallas has a lot of defensive prospects in the pipes, but Morin provides an intriguing blend of size and skill in his fluid skating ability that’s in short supply right now in the system. Plus, a lot of the prospects on the blue line for Dallas are more polished on the offensive side of the ice. And on the main team, Brenden Dillon is the only guy who inspires confidence at the moment in the Stars’ own zone.
Morin would provide a good, solid defensive prospect, and big, agile blue liners are never a bad thing to take a chance on.
The big question here is where exactly Morin will be drafted. Teams reach to draft size, and Morin happens to be the biggest guy around. Oleksiak had a late first-round grade in his year, and Dallas took him with the 14th pick. Plenty of teams could use big defensemen, and Morin could be gone by the time Dallas’ second pick rolls around.
While Morin is certainly intriguing, he’s not top-10 worthy in this draft. If he does fall into the second round though, he’s certainly a name to keep an eye on.