During a New Years Eve press conference, Flyers’ general manager Chuck Fletcher announced that Sam Morin will move to left-wing at the start of training camp.
Morin, who has struggled to stay on the ice after a pair ACL tears, looked to be a promising bruising blueliner for the team. However, now due to the incredible depth of the Flyers’ roster and farm system at the defense position, Morin will try out this position change.
“We are deep on D” Fletcher said. “This is Sam’s best chance to be with our team up here; add size and physicality. Has been working at it a few months.”
Flyers are making the right move
This move makes sense. The Flyers have eight NHL-caliber defensemen already, with more in the rankings. This is a good agreement by Morin as well. After only playing in nine career NHL games, the 25-year-old has a great chance to still get playing time at the professional level. So far in his career, he has not tallied an NHL point, so the move to offense should make these come more accessible. The 6’6 now-winger could be a bruising bottom-six guy if the team ever gets in a crunch due to injury.
Many Flyers’ fans have also craved an enforcer type player on the roster. Morin, who stands at a terrorizing 6’6, 202-pound build, could fill this roll. His size and insane speed for his size could allow him to fulfill this role perfectly. Fans have seen Morin skate stride for stride with some of the best skaters in the game, while also maintaining the hands and skill of a finesse winger. Now, he’ll get the chance to showcase those skills on the other end of the ice. This is a great opportunity for Morin to stabilize his NHL career and turn things in a positive direction.
The Flyers will announce their training camp roster on Saturday afternoon.
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