According to the Montreal Journal, Flyers’ 20-year-old defensive prospect Sam Morin has been training hard this summer in hopes of cracking the opening night roster in 2015-16.
When asked about the crowded blueline in Philadelphia, Morin just placed emphasis on his individual goals.
“My goal is to play in the NHL, and I have not really thought about that (regular defenders of the organization). I simply cannot wait to get to training camp to prove what I can do. I have confidence in my abilities and I know the players in the organization. I know that eventually, jobs will become available in the rear. Does it mean it will be this year, two years, three years? We’ll see,” Morin told the newspaper.
Morin is currently listed at 6’7″, 228 lbs and has been training hard this summer to be in the best possible shape come training camp.
He left Quebec at the beginning of July to go to Voorhees in New Jersey, where he trained in the Flyers training complex alongside numerous people in the organization.
“I lowered my fat percentage to 8.8% in addition to adding muscle mass,” Morin told the Journal.
Morin was known for a few pranks during his junior career, including that famous incident where he threw his stick in the stands right under the watchful eye of director of player development Flyers, Kjell Samuelsson.
“I learned from that and it will not happen again. For cons, I’m only 20 and I am aware that I need to mature before playing with adults. I think I have improved this aspect, but we’ll see in camp. I just have to make sure I don’t do too much. As we age, these these are things you learn. I have the physical and skating ability to play with professionals.”
“I want to impress and the direction is clear. I have no control over their final decision, but I want to force their hand. If you ask me, sure I answer that I am ready to make the jump to the NHL. I think I have what it takes to get there.”
Serge Beausolei, Morin’s coach of the past four seasons with Rimouski Oceanic, is very confident in his former defensive star.
“This is a young person who is assessed very well and believes in himself. He is aware that times were harder for him last year, as it has sometimes fallen into the perception that everything would be easier at the junior level. However, he must respect this side of his personality: he is a player that has a lot of confidence in himself. This is a great quality for an athlete of his age and he’s developed it greatly during his junior career. ”
Morin loves making the doubters eat their words and he’s done just that in his junior career.
“My greatest pride is my determination. Few people saw me where I am right now. The Océanic had confidence in me and allowed me to grow. I worked hard and I have developed good work habits there. I am very grateful to Serge Beausoleil (assistant coach), Éric Dubois and my boarding house,” Morin told the newspaper.
“I have confidence in myself, the Flyers have confidence in myself and my parents also. What people think of me, I [don’t] care a lot since the majority of the time it is negative. I try not to look at that. I have confidence in myself, and I know I can achieve my goal. ”