Morin came to the Musketeers after two seasons with the U.S. National Development Team, essentially giving Morin two seasons of junior hockey experience before lacing up for Sioux City. The Auburn, N.Y., York, native played for Team USA at the Viking Cup and was also played for Team West at the USHL Prospect/All-Stars Game. More of a prospect than a USHL All-Star, Morin put up four goals and 11 assists in 54 games.
A smooth-skating defenseman who moves the puck well and has an unquestionable commitment to fitness.
Despite only putting up modest offensive numbers, Morin is a talented puckmoving defenseman. He has good speed and a powerful skating stride, which he developed working out at the National Developmental Program's facilities. Morin can use his speed to skate the puck and he has the stickhandling to make moves, but he's even more proficient in passing the puck. His passes are normally right on the tape and he can thread it through traffic, and not just from a standstill.
Morin may not be tall, but he is strong. He became fully committed toward physical fitness while with the National Developmental Team and is now a solid 5'11, 205 pounds, which helps him generate his power stride but also allows him to compete physically against taller players. Morin is a self-motivated player who can provide leadership in the weight room and on the ice.
Morin will have to continue to refine his defensive game and improve his release and shot accuracy under head coach Ted Donato, but the skating ability and strength he already possesses bodes well for a professional future. Morin should be one of the ECACHL's top defensemen by his senior year. Long term, he could become a solid two-way defenseman, possibly at the NHL level.