The nightmare continues for Flyers 6-foot-7 defensive prospect Samuel Morin.
The 22-year-old was injured during the first period of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms’ record-setting quintuple-overtime game on May 9 after he attempted to hit Charlotte forward Patrick Brown along the boards.
We now know how severe this injury was.
According to reports, Morin tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and is expected to have surgery this week. According to GM Ron Hextall, Morin is “probably out until February of 2019.”
Morin’s entire 2017-18 season was hindered by injuries. He made the Flyers’ roster out of training camp, but was sent down to the AHL and didn’t play in the NHL until a brief recall in November. He only played 15 regular-season games and three playoff games for the Phantoms due to a recurring “lower-body injury” unrelated to his current knee injury.
Morin made his NHL debut in 2016-2017 and played two games with the Flyers in 2017-18. In three career NHL appearances, the Canadian blueliner has recorded four PIM and three shots on goal.
Morin turns 23 this July and is a restricted free agent. He’ll likely re-sign with the Flyers and begin the season with an “injured/non-roster” designation.