Sam Morin has gotten a vote of confidence despite injury concerns.
Smack in the middle of the draft, Ron Hextall confirmed that the Flyers have agreed to a three-year contract extension with the 22-year-old blueliner.
The reported AAV is $700,000.
Morin is coming off a year hampered with injuries — capped with knee surgery that will hold him out until February. The young rearguard was injured during the Phantoms’ record-setting quintuple-overtime playoff game against the Charlotte Checkers on May 9.
The towering 6’7″ Morin played just 15 regular-season games for Lehigh Valley in 2017-18, managing a goal, six assists, a plus-4 rating and 26 penalty minutes.
Questions remain about Morin’s ceiling, but he was a promising stay at home defenseman in his limited action last season and showed that his laser shot from the point can be a threat on the offensive end.
The Flyers have high hopes for Morin in the future, and an apparent ACL injury isn’t likely to destroy his career, but it should be something to keep an eye on when he returns in February.