REPORT: Blackhawks sign Notre Dame free agent Cameron Morrison

  

Reports from NHL salary cap website Puckpedia.com have the Blackhawks signing 21-year-old former Notre Dame left wing Cameron Morrison to a two-year entry-level contract. Morrison was a former second-round draft pick (40th overall) of the Colorado Avalanche in 2016, but his rights expired this week and therefore became a free agent.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound forward played four years at Notre Dame and averaged almost 24 points per season in 149 games. He had a career high 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists) in his senior season with the Fighting Irish this past year.

Prior to playing with Notre Dame, Morrison played with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL and amassed 66 points (34 goals, 32 assist) in 64 games.

The scouting report on Elite Prospects states the following:

A big, strong all-around player who thinks the game at a high level and executes plays with purpose and drive. Accelerates well and has no issues getting around the ice with haste; transition game will need some tweaks. Very good vision and puck skills, and has the size to make a difference driving to the net and causing havoc for the opposition’s defense. Defensively sound, using his size to his advantage along the boards and getting his stick in place to deflect passes out of harm’s way. Moving forward, Morrison will have every opportunity to develop into a smart power forward who can play in all situations and make it difficult on the opposition.

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    Jeff Osborn
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    Reports from NHL salary cap website Puckpedia.com have the Blackhawks signing 21-year-old former Notre Dame left wing Cameron Morrison to a two-year e
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    Man, I simply forgot this player, and have ignored him since his draft year. I dunno, did he get injured at Notre Dame? Or did he simply want to finish college? Anyway, it might be to the Hawk organization’s advantage.
    I remember some draft prognosticators has him in the late first round in 2016, but I simply didn’t see him enough to separate any qualities for me to have a love affair with him. He had upside to possible 2nd liner, with many parts of the game and his style kinda compared to Max Pacioretty but please I said compares…

    https://www.draftsite.com/nhl/player/cameron-morrison/23947/

    Remember this from 2015-16:Big skilled winger who a rookie in the USHL. He is one of the younger players in the draft class, and is big strong and physical. Displays a high hockey IQ, reacting without hesitation inside of his two-way game. Has a good first step is decent speed to accentuate his two way game. Has size, a good wall game and an active stick, and plays on the penalty-kill and will see time on the power play. Gets terrific torque on his snap shot and can knock goalies backwards, as he hides the release points on all his shots well. Finds open seams at opportune times. He dominates below the circles as he is strong as an ox. Handles the puck well and is good at recieving hard quick passes. The type of player who can easily slide up and down the forward lines and contribute. He’s smart with the puck on his stick, and uses his size to drive to the blue paint and along the boards, and owns the wall on the cycle, as he plays hard on his stick and impossible to move off the puck in the cycle. Carries junior players on his back on his way yo the net. Committed to the University of Notre Dame, he has the makings of a power forward when he adds more muscle and jump, and channels it by using his size. Needs time.

     

    #17797
    Mister Ricochet
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    Alright Wiz, glad you chimed in. Full disclosue, I watch more USHL games than NHL ones and I don’t remember the kid who led an always skilled Phantoms club in points, scored 34 goals and lead the league with a +38 as a 17 yr old rookie!!  Gonna hit Hockey tv for a look see.

    The discriptors you post that stand out are good along the walls, strong, hides his shot well, finds seams.  Tells me he’s a willing, strong, IQ guy with a tricky/smart release.  That he went in rd 2 supports your read.

    Here’s what stands out to me on paper.  Kid was not drafted in Jr  A or the USHL so he worked for what he has and must have a real high work ethic.    Although not drafted he played on Canada’s WJC U-18 team.  Tells me Canada gave him an invite not expecting too much and he played so well they couldn’t cut him.  Also tells me as a late 17 yr old (late August birthday) he would except and execute a role on a roster of Canada’s best.

    But as a youth he was part of the OHL Cup which is as I remember a Canadian regional U16 thing for the best players in each region.  So he showed something but not enough to get drafted into jrs.

    Goes to a great ND program with a great coach in Jeff Jackson who insists on structure before offense as a true freshman and got a full 40 games. Then played a full 4 yrs.  On paper this is a big kid, drilled in fundamentals, can play with he very best talent in his age group and beyond, expects nothing, his work ethic is excellent and shows back class scoring 34 goals and leads the league with a +38 as a 17 yr old rookie in a very tough USHL coming in undrafted. Believe me a kid who does that in the USHL as a 17 yr old is not easy and I’d even say rare.

    On paper now, this kid looks ready to earn an NHL roster spot on a bad Hawk’s club and play a tough, high IQ, bottom 6 role. Something the Hawks have none of  …………. Here’s an instance where the Hawk’s forward pipeline is so atrocious that they are able to land a kid who thinks he’s got a real shot at the NHL right now.  Sometimes I guess it’s good to suck.

    #17798
    Mister Ricochet
    Participant

    Check that on Morrison. He was drafted in the 4th rd of the USHL draft and 3rd round of the OHL draft.  Makes perfect sense.  Kid has succeeded at every step up the ladder.

    #17799
    Jeff Osborn
    Keymaster

    Man, I simply forgot this player, and have ignored him since his draft year. I dunno, did he get injured at Notre Dame? Or did he simply want to finish college? Anyway, it might be to the Hawk organization’s advantage.
    I remember some draft prognosticators has him in the late first round in 2016, but I simply didn’t see him enough to separate any qualities for me to have a love affair with him. He had upside to possible 2nd liner, with many parts of the game and his style kinda compared to Max Pacioretty but please I said compares…

    https://www.draftsite.com…r/cameron-morrison/23947/

    Remember this from 2015-16:Big skilled winger who a rookie in the USHL. He is one of the younger players in the draft class, and is big strong and physical. Displays a high hockey IQ, reacting without hesitation inside of his two-way game. Has a good first step is decent speed to accentuate his two way game. Has size, a good wall game and an active stick, and plays on the penalty-kill and will see time on the power play. Gets terrific torque on his snap shot and can knock goalies backwards, as he hides the release points on all his shots well. Finds open seams at opportune times. He dominates below the circles as he is strong as an ox. Handles the puck well and is good at recieving hard quick passes. The type of player who can easily slide up and down the forward lines and contribute. He’s smart with the puck on his stick, and uses his size to drive to the blue paint and along the boards, and owns the wall on the cycle, as he plays hard on his stick and impossible to move off the puck in the cycle. Carries junior players on his back on his way yo the net. Committed to the University of Notre Dame, he has the makings of a power forward when he adds more muscle and jump, and channels it by using his size. Needs time.

    Thanks WIZ!!!!

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