Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Samuel Morin Autographed Card

The Philadelphia Flyers will soon have one of the best defensive groups in the NHL, with the likes of Shayne Gostisbehere, Ivan Provorov, Travis Sanheim, and Samuel Morin, but we'll have to wait until next year to see them all in the same season-opening ceremony, as Morin was cut from training camp and sent to the AHL earlier today.

A gold medal winner for Team Canada at the 2013 U-18 Championship as well as the 2015 World Juniors, the Flyers' first-round pick in 2013 (11th overall) posted 4 goals, 15 assists, 19 points and 118 penalty minutes with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms last season.

He'll be a very solid defensive defensiveman who can play the second wave powerplay at times, and is usually compared to Zdeno Chara for his size, but he has a lot more mobility than the current Boston Bruins' captain.

I played in a scrimmage with him this summer, and he looks a bit like Chris Pronger in his younger days, before he became the complete package; I'm not certain Morin will reach that Hall of Fame-level of skill, but at the very least he'll be a first-unit defender like Mike Komisarek in his heyday.

He signed this card in blue sharpie:
It's card #17 from Upper Deck's 2014 Team Canada Juniors/Women set, in an official team photo from his 2013 U-18 days.

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