New Jersey Devils center Adam Henrique (14) and Philadelphia Flyers center Scott Laughton (21) line up for a face-off during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Devils won the game 4-1. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Flyers Prospects Laughton and Leier Named To Canadian World Juniors Roster, Morin Out

Today the roster for the Canadian World Junior Championships selection camp was announced. The list has two Philadelphia Flyers prospects on it, Scott Laughton and Taylor Leier. Flyers prospect Samuel Morin was not on the list. Both Laughton and Leier are putting up big numbers in their respective junior leagues and it is not surprising to see either one on the list of invitees.

Scott Laughton is the top line center for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. Laughton was the 20th overall pick of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. Laughton played five NHL games at the beginning of the 2013 lockout-shortened season before being sent back to Oshawa. This season, he was a healthy scratch for the Flyers season opener before being sent back. So far this season Laughton has 21 goals and 21 assists through 25 games. He is 10th in the OHL in scoring even though everyone in front of him has played at least 27 games.

Taylor Leier was the 117th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. He is now the captain of the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. This season Leier is 10th in the WHL in scoring with 19 goals and 19 assists in 28 games. Leier is an undersized (5’11″, 177lbs) left wing with considerable skill.

Both Laughton and Leier participated in the Subway Super Series against the Russian Junior team.

Although it was highly unexpected, it is still somewhat disappointing that the name Samuel Morin was not on the list. It was my hope that he would be a surprise invite who made a push to make the team. However, when one looks at the defensemen who were invited, it is clear why Morin did not receive the invitation. The defensemen who were invited are:

Chris Bigras – 32nd overall pick, 2013 NHL Draft - Colorado Avalanche prospect

Matthew Dumba – 7th overall pick, 2012 NHL Draft – Minnesota Wild prospect – 13 games NHL experience

Aaron Ekblad – Projected top 3 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft

Josh Morrissey – 13th overall pick, 2013 NHL Draft – Winnipeg Jets prospect

Adam Pelech – 65th overall, 2012 NHL Draft – New York Islanders prospect

Derrick Pouliot – 8th overall pick, 2012 NHL Draft – Pittsburgh Penguins prospect

Griffin Reinhart – 4th overall pick, 2012 NHL Draft – New York Islanders prospect

Damon Severson – 60th overall pick, 2012 NHL Draft – New Jersey Devils prospect

Of the eight defensemen invited, Dumba, Pelech, Pouliot, Reinhart, and Severson have more experience than Morin. Josh Morrissey was picked only two spots behind Morin and it was widely believed that Morrissey is the better prospect. Chris Bigras was ranked in many prospect profiles ahead of Morin and although he slipped to the second round, he is having a successful year for the Owen Sound Attack of the OHL. Although he is younger than Morin, many scouts predict that Aaron Ekblad is generational talent on defense. Some even believe he will be the number 1 overall pick in 2014. It is not too much of surprise that Morin was ommitted in favor of Ekblad.

Both Darnell Nurse (No.7 overall, 2013) and Ryan Pulock (No. 15 overall, 2013) were left off of the list as well. They would be ahead of Morin on most people’s Canadian Junior depth chart. The Flyers drafted Morin on his huge potential. The fact that he is not a superstar right now is nothing to worry about. Most good defensemen take time to develop. The fact that he is being overlooked for some of these prospects is nothing to worry about. If handled correctly, Morin is still in a position to be a very good defenseman someday.

The Canadian World Junior Camp will take place from December 12-15, 2013. The World Junior Championships will be held from December 26, 2013-January 5, 2014.

Tags: OHL Philadelphia Flyers QMJHL Samuel Morin Scott Laughton Taylor Leier WHL

  • RC5000

    I believe you that maybe Morrissey is considered a better prospect than Morin marginally but I don’t know if that matters. Great article though thanks. It also needs to be said Morrissey has similarities to Shayne Gostisbehere who is easily as good as Morrissey as a prospect. Not saying you agree or disagree with that but it wasn’t mentioned so I thought I would throw that in.

    You can’t really compare Morrissey to Morin, they are completely different types of defensive players. Morrissey is small. He may be “widely believed” to be better than Morin but that’s an apples and oranges comp. Morrissey is a strong offensive dman and small and he doesn’t have even close to Morin’s size and reach and ability to take the puck in the defensive end. On the other hand Morin doesn’t have Morrissey’s offensive capabilities. I was one who loved Morrissey before the draft more than many also.
    Also what is interesting is the Flyers may end up (may not either) in position to draft either Julius Honka or Anthony DeAngelo both of whom are small and very offensive oriented defensemen like Morrissey. This draft looks like it will have Ekblad, McKeown (another offensive dman but more of the size of Hagg), Fleury and then the two small dmen who might comp to Morrissey. They aren’t quite as big as Morrissey (yet) who isn’t big either but maybe they will grow. Brycen Martin is another defenseman in the draft , he needs more strength but I think he’s a decent two way defenseman prospect.

    • David Quackenbos

      I totally agree with you. I was not intending to knock the Flyers for drafting Morin over Morriseey. They are different kind of defensemen. I also like Morrissey and I actually thought the Flyers might draft him based on his offensive skills, but I think Morin has a good set of skills for his size. I don’t necessarily think Morrissey is better than Morin.
      The reason I talked about where they were drafted is that I thought that the casual fan would see that Morin was drafted 11th and Morrissey was drafted 13th and wonder why Morin didn’t get the nod. But thank you for reading and for your insight!

      • RC5000

        Good points, we are on the same page. I figured you were partly writing for the casual fan also and I just wanted to just add some thoughts to it.
        Sadly I would have liked to have those two as a future pair to be honest. But fingers crossed he and Gost can be a similar pairing one day.

  • Pingback: Philadelphia Flyers Prospects Laughton and Leier Named To Canadian World Juniors Roster, Morin Out | Flyers Fan Central

  • Pingback: Philadelphia Flyers Class of 2012 Could Make Big Splash At World Junior Championships - Broad Street Buzz - A Philadelphia Flyers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More