Joe Morrow
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Joe Morrow

Hometown:

Sherwood Park Alberta

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-12-09

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2011

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Trade with Dallas, 2013

Weight:

204 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2006-07: Joe Morrow was chosen in the second round, 28th overall, of the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft by the Portland Winterhawks.

2007-08: Morrow made his first WHL appearance with the Winterhawks, going pointless in 1 game.

2008-09: In his WHL rookie season, Morrow played in 41 games for the Winterhawks. He picked up 7 assists in those games.

2009-10: In 65 games for the Winterhawks, Morrow scored 7 goals and added 24 assists for 31 points to go along with 59 penalty minutes. In 13 playoff games, Morrow notched 2 assists.

2010-11: In 60 games for the Winterhawks, Morrow scored 9 goals and added 40 assists for 49 points. In 20 playoff games, Morrow scored 6 goals and added 13 assists for 19 points. Morrow played for Team Cherry at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game. Morrow was chosen in the first round, 23rd overall, of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

2011-12: Morrow was so impressive in his first training camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins that he almost made the NHL roster out of training camp. However, concerned over a possible lack of ice time, the Penguins re-assigned the defensemen to the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. Morrow picked up right where he left off with a powerhouse Portland team, posting 17 goals, 47 assists, and 99 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games. He had another impressive playoff performance as well, managing four goals and 13 assists in 22 games.

2012-13: Morrow spent his first pro season in the AHL. He began the year with Penguins affiliate Wilkes-Barre Scranton, appearing in 57 games, and then finished the year with Texas after being acquired by Dallas in exchange for Brenden Morrow in a March trade. In 66 AHL games between the two teams he scored 5 goals with 14 assists and was -4 with 39 penalty minutes. In eight playoff games with Texas he scored 2 goals with 1 assist and was -1 with 8 penalty minutes. Joe Morrow was obtained by Boston in July of 2013 as part of the multi-player trade involving Tyler Seguin and Loui Eriksson.

2013-14: Morrow skated in 56 of 76 games for Bruins AHL affiliate Providence in his first season in the Boston organization — missing time late in the year with a nagging knee injury. He scored 6 goals with 23 assists and was -1 with 28 penalty minutes in his second pro season. Providence finished third in the Atlantic Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Morrow scored 2 goals with 5 assists and was +7 with 8 penalty minutes in 10 playoff games. 

Talent Analysis

Morrow is a mobile and aggressive two-way defenseman who can play in all situations. He plays with poise and maturity and possesses the ability to retrieve the puck from his own zone and start the play up ice. His puck-distribution ability is top notch and he has a hard and heavy shot that typically hits the net. Morrow owns a high hockey IQ and does an excellent job of keeping his head up when moving the puck up ice and carrying it along the blue line. Knee injuries have hampered his progress but when healthy he has been a steady, reliable two-way defenseman who controls the pace of play.

Future

Morrow made his NHL debut in October 2014 with the Bruins due to injuries amongst the Boston Bruins' defense corps and did not look out of place during a 15-game stint with the club before being returned to AHL affiliate Providence in December. His 2014-15 season with the P-Bruins has been a challenging one with an upper body injury and then another knee injury forcing him to miss time. Long-term he appears close to being NHL-ready and his skating game suggests he can be an effective puck mover. With the depth in the Boston organization that opportunity could come elsewhere.

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