Jeremy Morin has been recalled for tonight’s battle with Colorado. After the game Morin will likely join the US World Junior team for their practice on Thursday. Morin is approaching the 10 game mark, tonight will be his ninth as a Hawk. If Morin plays in more than 10 NHL games he will use up a year on his entry level contract.
If Morin wasn’t one of the 12 best forwards in Chicago, the Hawks would be wise to send him back to Rockford and save a year on his entry level deal. For me it wouldn’t be a difficult decision.
Morin can help the big club and should play in Chicago. Whether Morin skates on the first line or fourth line wouldn’t matter as long as he could contribute. Where I sit there is little doubt Morin would make a meaningful contribution and would help the Hawks gain a playoff birth. Before Morin can secure a lineup spot Stan Bowman may have to make a trade.
I wrote awhile ago the best Blackhawk defensive prospect might still be in college. That wasn’t my opinion but came from a NHL coach. Today it was announced, former first round selection Dylan Olsen has been chosen to represent Canada at the World Junior tournament. Congratulations go out to Dylan.
Most likely Blackhawk prospects Nick Leddy and Morin will be selected to represent the US World Junior team.
Another big game tonight…actually at this point they all are big games.
It was mentioned Marian Hossa could be back to face the Av’s. I don’t see how that could be possible as Hossa has just begun to skate. If Hossa progresses maybe he can return this weekend. Dave Bolland will return tonight.
Stan Bowman was interviewed today on NHL Live. There was not a single question about Morin. The only players discussed were Corey Crawford and Marty Turco. Bowman mentioned Crawford has been groomed to be a NHL starter and he isn’t surprised at his progress. To no surprise Crawford will start in goal tonight.
Below is an Ice Cap audio link of an interview with Jamie Shalley from last night.
We talked about the problems for Marty Turco and the rest of the team. Corey Crawford’s role as a starter and the emergence of Morin were also discussed.
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