Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/17/13
It looks like the competition on the Flyers blue line just got a little stiffer. On Tuesday the Flyers signed first round draft pick Samuel Morin to his entry-level contract. Morin came into training camp with two goals – one to get this contract and the second to make the team as an 18-year-old defenseman. Well consider it one down and one to go. And the second part of that exacta is probably a lot closer than most people may have thought coming into this camp. Morin 18 has really impressed the Flyers with his work ethic throughout the summer months his willingness to learn and improve and his desire to reach his potential sooner rather than later. He lived for part of the summer with Player Development Director Ian Laperriere and Morin really won him over with his thirst for knowledge about the game. “He’s getting better and better every day” Laperriere said. “He wants to learn. He asks the right questions every day and we’re really happy with him. He knows who he is and what he can do and the sky’s the limit for a kid like that.” In his first preseason game in the NHL Morin played 23:14 played in all situations and had a beauty of an assist on a goal by Vinny Lecavalier. Morin’s contract is for three years and has performance bonuses that if triggered can bring his average annual value to $1.425 million. Morin the 11th overall pick in the 2013 draft puts the Flyers at 51 contracts entering the 2013-14 season. However Morin’s contract is eligible to slide or not count against the Flyers 50 contract limit if he is returned to his junior team in Rimouski in the QMJHL.
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