Saturday, June 11, 2011

IceHogs Year in Review: Jeremy Morin

                   Position: Left Wing               Shoots: Right
                   Height: 6'1"                         Birthday: April 16, 1991
                   Weight: 190                        Hometown: Auburn, New York

2010-11 Stats
GP   G   A   PTS   +/-   PIM   PPG   SHG   SOG   S%
22    8   4     12     +2     34      5       0       57    14.0

On June 23rd, it'll be one year since the Blackhawks made their first moves of the 2010 off-season that began the salary cap dumping no fan was looking forward to after the Hawks won the Stanley Cup. It'll also be one year since the Hawks acquired Jeremy Morin from the Atlanta Thrashers for Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Brent Sopel, and Akim Aliu.

Morin started his first year in the Blackhawks organization in Rockford after being one of the final roster cuts of the preseason. They called him back up on November 5th and he made his NHL debut, against Atlanta, on the 6th. He played nine games for the big club, tallying 3 points (2G, 1A), and a memorable one for him definitely had to be on December 8th, at home against the Dallas Stars, when he scored his first career NHL goal.

During his time in Rockford, the former Kitchener Ranger made quite an impact with the team. He scored some big goals for the Hogs, including five on the power play. The gritty winger isn't afraid to dig in the corners for pucks, throw his body around, and even drop the gloves. He's fast and has a good shot, and it pretty much makes him the complete package. On December 18th, his last game in Rockford before he headed off to Buffalo, New York, to play for Team USA at World Juniors, he scored a goal with 14.1 seconds left in the 3rd period by driving hard to the net that tied the game. The Hogs went on to win in overtime.

At World Juniors, Morin suffered a shoulder injury midway through the tournament and missed a couple of games. He came back though and helped the team earn a bronze medal. When he came back, he had shoulder surgery and missed a little less than a week. He played in his first game back on January 11th. Four days later, on January 15th, his season ended. At Allstate Arena against the Chicago Wolves, Andrei Zubarev hip-checked him in open ice in the 1st period and Morin landed on his head. He got up and skated off under his own power, but he was out for the rest of the season with whiplash

Despite missing all that time, Morin was recalled by the Hawks on April 14th to be a part of the Black Aces for the playoffs.

Morin may or may not be with the Hogs next year. There's an extremely good chance he could make the Hawks' roster out of training camp. Spending some more time down in Rockford won't hurt at all though. It would only help him, considering he missed so much time this year. It would give him a chance to work on his defensive game and make his skating and his shot even better.

Morin during warmups on November 9th.

Morin during warmups on November 27th.

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