An offensive defenseman with a ton of skill, but some serious concerns defensively.
Up next in our draft board, we take a look at right-handed blueliner Scott Morrow. The University of Massachusetts commit is coming off a strong season with Shattuck St. Mary’s of the USHS Prep League, and even got six playoff games with the Fargo Force in the USHL.
Morrow, much like many young defenseman nowadays, is an absolute offensive threat. He’s got the skill to carve up forwards exiting the zone, and the speed and skating talent to create zone entries. He needs to refine his game especially on the defensive side, but this kid has some serious raw talent that just might be enough on its own to carry him to the NHL.
BSH 2021 Community Draft Board, No. 28: Scott Morrow
Team: Shattuck St. Mary’s (USHS-Prep)
Stats: 8 G, 40 A in 30 GP
No. 36 by TSN (McKenzie)
No. 81 by FC Hockey
No. 33 by Scott Wheeler (The Athletic)
No. 93 by Corey Pronman (The Athletic)
What’s there to like?
Offense, offense, offense. Morrow is an exceptional offensive talent and brings a lot to the table in terms of zone exits/zone entries. His puck skills are a major plus too, and all of this is tied together by his confidence with the puck. He wants the puck and he wants to make something happen when he gets it. The decisiveness with the puck is something you always like to see in young players. The ability to make quick cuts and evade defenders with his skating alone makes him a threat offensively.
But maybe the most exciting aspect of Morrow’s game is his decisiveness. Whether it’s the correct decision or not, Morrow shows zero hesitancy. While that can get him into trouble — which we’ll cover next — it’s also a great sign in a young player. Confidence is something that can be hard to come by in young players, so put Morrow in an environment that will help him feed off that confidence and he could really develop.
What’s not to like?
Defense, defense, defense. Obviously this isn’t exactly ideal for, well, a defenseman, but with good coaching one would hope these issues would go away. The main problem for Morrow funny enough is that sometimes he can try to do too much and that results in turnovers or being out of position.
Despite being at a solid frame of 6’2”, he’s only 195 pounds so he definitely needs to put some weight on one would assume for a player already not especially physical. Playing in college this fall I think will be a huge help for Morrow in his development. He’s going to get the chance to play against men and really understand what it’s going to take to become a NHL player. If he gets the proper tutelage there, and refines his defensive game, Morrow could end up being a steal.
How would he fit in the Flyers’ system?
Right-handed defensemen are always a hot commodity, so he’s going to fit pretty darn well. Regardless of if he would ever make the Flyers, he would at least most likely end up being a good trade chip. Teams salivate over RHD’s, and with Phil Myers potentially being a trade chip himself, the Flyers could look to Morrow as a replacement down the line.
Could the Flyers actually get him?
It would certainly appear so. Drafts are obviously weird once we hit about pick 10, and maybe even earlier this year given the class. Morrow is potentially a high risk high reward option given his immense offensive talent, but struggles on the defensive end. Even with hockey more and more becoming less strict on types of players playing specific positions, Morrow still needs to tidy up a few things before reaching his full potential.
We’ll make one more addition to the poll:
Daniil Chayka, D, CSKA Moskva (KHL)
I was impressed by Chayka in several viewings this year in the MHL, KHL and at the Karjala Cup, but I also watched him play some ugly games in the VHL and at the world juniors, where he struggled early on with the big role he was given and was eventually scratched. He’s a long defender whose active stick breaks up a lot of plays in the neutral zone and is comfortable enough with the puck at the offensive-zone blue line that the Russians have used him on power-play units when he has played with his age group (though that’s not saying a lot given the state of the 2002 and 2003 birth years of Russian defencemen). – Scott Wheeler, The Athletic
- Owen Power — D, University of Michigan (NCAA)
- Matthew Beniers — C, University of Michigan (NCAA)
- Brandt Clarke — D, Nove Zamky (Slovakia)
- Dylan Guenther — LW/RW, Edmonton (WHL)
- William Eklund — C/LW, Djurgårdens IF (SHL)
- Luke Hughes — D, US NTDP (USHL) and US National U18 (USDP)
- Simon Edvinsson — D, Frölunda HC J20 / J20 Nationell – 21/22
- Kent Johnson — W, University of Michigan (NCAA)
- Aatu Räty — C, Kärpät U20 and Kärpät (Liiga)
- Jesper Wallstedt — G, Luleå (SHL)
- Mason McTavish — C, EHC Olten (SL)
- Cole Sillinger — C/LW, Sioux (USHL)
- Chaz Lucius — C, US NTDP (USHL) and US National U18 (USDP)
- Fabian Lysell — LW/RW, Luleå HF (SHL)
- Carson Lambos — D, JYP U20 (U20 SM-sarja)
- Matthew Coronato — F, Chicago Steel (USHL)
- Nikita Chibrikov — LW/RW, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL), SKA-Neva St. Petersburg (VHL), SKA-1946 St. Petersburg (MHL)
- Sasha Pastujov — LW, US NTDP (USHL) and US National U18 (USDP)
- Corson Ceulemans — D, Brooks Bandits (AJHL)
- Oskar Olausson — LW/RW, HV71 (SHL)
- Brennan Othmann — LW, EHC Olten (SL)
- Logan Stankoven — C/W, Kamloops (WHL)
- Zachary L’Heureux — LW, Halifax (QMJHL)
- Zachary Bolduc — C/W, Rimouski (QMJHL)
- Simon Robertsson — RW – Skellefteå AIK (SHL)
- Xavier Bourgault — C/RW, Shawinigan Cataractes (QMJHL)
- Sebastian Cossa — G, Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL)
- Scott Morrow — D, Shattuck St. Mary’s (USHS Prep)