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Scouting Joe Morrow

Monday, 03.25.2013 / 10:00 AM / News
By Mark Stepneski

Here are few scouting reports on defenseman Joe Morrow, acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Brenden Morrow deal on Sunday.

The Hockey News Future Watch 2013

The Hockey News had Morrow, who is 6-1 204 pounds and shoots left, ranked fourth among Pittsburgh prospects, third among Penguins defense prospects and 63rd among all NHL prospects.

Here is the THN report on Morrow:

Joe Morrow still has the explosive shot and slick skating ability that made him one of the most dangerous ‘D’ in the WHL and earned him a long look in Pittsburgh’s training camp last season. But he’s hit some setbacks as an AHL rookie. He was a healthy scratch eight times in the first half of the season as the Penguins tore down his defensive game and built it back up again.

McKeen’s Hockey Yearbook 2012-13

McKeen’s had Morrow ranked third among Pittsburgh prospects and third among Penguins defense prospects and 38th among all NHL prospects.

Here’s an excerpt from McKeen’s scouting report on Morrow:

Mobile, hard-shooting rearguard .. pure effortless skater with a fast top gear and quick startup .. stride is elegant and powerful .. end-to-end threat – though still learning to be selective and tone down a ‘riverboat gambler’ side .. puckhandling and consistency need work .. not overly tall – but strong for his size .. will drop the gloves and protect his patch .. still a work-in-progress defensively ..”

Hockey Prospectus in analyzing the Morrow for Morrow trade (link is here)

Here’s an excerpt from a Hockey Prospectus article analyzing Sunday’s trade. Hockey Prospectus had Morrow ranked tops among Pittsburgh prospects heading in the season and 35 among all NHL prospects.

Joe Morrow was a first round pick by Pittsburgh in 2011, selected 23rd overall. He was a dynamic player in the WHL in 2010-11 and 2011-12, being named a first team All Star in 2011-12. Morrow’s strength is his offensive game; he is a high-end skater and puck-mover with a bomb of a shot. He has all the tools to be a top three defenseman, and if he were to truly hit his peak, a top pairing defenseman. At this time last year, I would have said that such a projection would have above-average risk attached to it, and this season is evidence why. Morrow has 15 points in 57 AHL games in his rookie pro season, not exactly typical numbers for a stud offensive defenseman. He has struggled with the physical and defensive aspects of the game to the point where his ice time is not that high. He hasn’t received penalty killing time or any tough defensive minutes.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 2 1 1 -1 2
C. Sceviour 2 1 1 0 2
A. Chiasson 2 1 1 -3 2
T. Seguin 2 1 0 0 1
R. Garbutt 2 1 0 1 1
S. Horcoff 2 0 1 1 1
T. Daley 2 0 1 -1 1
A. Goligoski 2 0 1 1 1
J. Benn 2 0 1 1 1
A. Roussel 2 0 1 1 1
 
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K. Lehtonen 0 2 0 .870 3.56
 
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