Samuel Morin – Adam Foote
It is commonplace for Philadelphia Flyers fans to talk about Sam Morin as the next Chris Pronger. They’re both big, nasty on the ice, and Pronger participated at the Flyers draft table as the Flyers selected Morin. This has led some to believe that Morin is Pronger’s hand-picked heir.
That seems a major reach. It is unlikely Morin will ever have anything close to the dominant two-way game Pronger brought to the ice. Recall Pronger was a #2 overall pick, and scored 30 points in the NHL at the age of 18/19. It would be an excellent season for Morin if he did the same in the AHL at the age of 21.
A better model is Adam Foote. Foote was primarily a stay-at-home defenseman, but he was always visible with his physical play. He also had the hockey chops to play on the Avalanche’s top pair alongside more skilled defenders without slowing them down. That’s just where Morin should want to go.
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