Though it had already been reported that Philadelphia Flyers prospect Samuel Morin would be out at least six months with a knee injury, Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post is now reporting that it will be even longer than that. Morin is now expected to be out until February of 2019, essentially robbing him of most of the 2018-19 season. Morin was expected to compete for and perhaps win a full-time job with the Flyers next season, but will obviously have to wait to make his way back to the NHL.
Morin, 22, was Philadelphia’s first-round pick in 2013 but has failed to crack the lineup for more than a handful of games. The 6’6″ defenseman missed most of this season with various injuries, only to fall victim to his latest ailment after returning for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the playoffs. Obviously there is still time for him to fulfill his promise as a two-way shutdown defender, but after turning 23 this summer with only three NHL games under his belt, he’s wasted a lot of time.
The Flyers meanwhile have already said they won’t be re-signing Brandon Manning or Johnny Oduya, leaving them with several openings on the blue line for their young defense crop. Travis Sanheim, Philippe Myers and Morin were all expected to compete for playing time with the big club, of which there should be plenty. Now with Morin out of the picture the other two have even better chances of lasting in the NHL next season.
Interestingly, Morin is also a restricted free agent this summer. After missing most of this year and not making an impact yet, it’s likely the two sides agree on a very short-term deal as a sort of “prove it” contract. Morin won’t want to give up many years of control for the low salary guarantee a two-way deal comes with, while Phildelphia still doesn’t know exactly what they have with their hulking defenseman. They could be right back in the same situation next summer, after a very short 2018-19 season.