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Road to the NHL Draft: Samuel Morin

By John Vogl

Samuel Morin

Position: Defense

Junior team: Rimouski (QMJHL)

Born: Lac-Beauport, Quebec

Measurables: 6-foot-6, 202 pounds

2012-13 stats: 46 games, 4 goals, 12 assists, 16 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 23 (North America)

Lowdown: Morin was merely a curiosity when the season started. He stood out because of his height, but little else was of grand stature. Things have changed. He’s vaulted up the prospect rankings, including a 53-spot jump by NHL Central Scouting, which had him ranked 76th in the midterm evaluations. Folks are intrigued by his willingness to scuffle and hit. His long reach in the defensive zone is an enviable trait and makes forwards go wider than they’d planned.

He’s a solid puck mover with a hard shot. He learned power-play tips from Sabres prospect and former Rimouski standout Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, who was a scoring machine in juniors.

Morin’s lack of pounds weighs heavily against him. He’s as rail-thin as Buffalo’s Tyler Myers at the same age, and like Myers he may struggle to put on pounds. Myers faltered while trying to adjust to his developing body, and Morin has experienced similar growing pains.

They said it: "He moves really well for a big guy, and he has a good sense of the game, offensively and defensively. He’s quite a responsible player. When you get a guy that’s that big, that rangy, can make the first pass out of the zone and has a good stick to defend, and he’s got a little bit of a physical element ... that’s a pretty nice package." – Dan Marr, director of NHL Central Scouting, to the Montreal Gazette.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft June 30.


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John Vogl

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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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