The Philadelphia Flyers’ defensive corp was left with a gaping 6′ 6″, 220-pound hole in its very structure when they lost Chris Pronger to a concussion late in 2011. Heading into the NHL Draft in June, Paul Holmgren was looking at not only revamping the organization’s overall depth on the blue line, but also attempting to grab a special player with the 11th-overall selection.
The Flyers may have accomplished just that with their first-round selection when they snagged 6′ 6+”, 202-pound Rimouski Oceanic defenseman Samuel Morin.
Morin was the 23rd-ranked North American skater in the Central Scouting Bureau’s final rankings, so many were surprised to see the defender already off the board at pick number 11. In 46 games for Rimouski this past season, the hulking rear guard posted four goals, 16 points, and 117 penalty minutes during the regular season, then followed that up with a goal, seven points, and 16 PIMs in 10 playoff contests.
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