Defenseman, Shattuck-St. Mary’s
6’2” 195 lbs.
Last NHL Central Scouting Rank: thirty ninth amongst North American Skaters
It wasn’t that way back that you may safely pencil within the prime participant or two from the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep group into the primary spherical of the NHL Draft yearly. Issues have modified a bit in recent times. It has develop into much more prevalent for gamers to depart the college early for junior hockey on the first alternative, and lots of different locations have realized there’s a good greenback to be made in providing hockey-forward academies, spreading out expertise extra.
However there are nonetheless some supremely gifted gamers that come all over the Shattuck system. Two years in the past, defenseman Jackson LaCombe was taken early within the second spherical, thirty ninth total, by Anaheim. And this yr, defenseman Scott Morrow ought to hear his identify referred to as very early within the draft as nicely.
For all of the emphasis on smaller defensemen that may skate on this yr’s draft, Morrow is an enormous defenseman that may actually skate, and that makes him a possible first spherical draft choose on this yr’s draft.
What I Like
Morrow is an unbelievable athlete, particularly for his measurement. There aren’t many smaller defensemen that may transfer the way in which he does, not to mention a man that’s 6’2”. He’s bought nice stability and energy, and is mild on his ft which permits him to create house for himself in tight areas.
There simply aren’t that many defensemen on this draft, or any draft, that can create house for themselves on the offensive blue line with their skating capacity like this. Right here’s one other instance of that. You’d perhaps wish to see him create a bit extra offense out of that. That’s what separates Morrow as a late first spherical choose from a Luke Hughes, who will likely be a top-five choose. But it surely’s additionally value preserving in thoughts Morrow was enjoying with unfamiliar teammates there, and there may be all the time potential for him to refine that a part of his recreation.
-Creating Offensive Sport
Morrow didn’t rating any factors in his six-game run with the Fargo Power within the USHL playoffs, however he was producing high quality offensive probabilities that simply didn’t occur to work out.
His arms aren’t fairly pretty much as good as his ft but—right here’s a play the place he mishandles the puck, however is such a superior skater he makes the play anyway— however the potential is there, and if he can proceed to develop that, he might develop into a very elite defenseman. In the event you have a look at this rush, he’s bought the pace to stand up the ice and into the offensive zone, after which virtually makes a superb play to stickhandle round a pair defenders.
I actually like this play too. Morrow makes use of his physique to to disrupt a play and win the puck behind the web, makes a pleasant transfer to evade a forechecker and begin a breakout, then is ready to use his pace and arms to create house and get a shot off. There are lots of actually good instruments on show on this play:
What I Don’t Like
Protection is a tricky place, particularly at this age and there are all the time going to be nits to select, particularly by way of positioning and defensive zone play. However I don’t see lots of obtrusive holes with Morrow at this level.
He’ll have to proceed to get stronger—very like each different participant on this draft—and also you’d wish to see him develop into a bit bit extra dependable with the puck on his stick. However I’d classify all that stuff as ‘Not There But’ reasonably than simply ‘Not There’. He’s bought the entire uncooked instruments, it’s only a matter of it coming collectively.
The final consensus appears to have Morrow in the midst of the second spherical, however to me, Morrow is a transparent first spherical expertise. I think among the flashes he confirmed in his transient stint with Fargo throughout their USHL playoff might have been sufficient to promote groups on taking him within the first spherical. Even when he doesn’t, I can’t see Morrow slipping previous the second spherical of the draft.
Morrow’s mixture of measurement and elite skating capacity provides him a excessive ceiling, but in addition a reasonably excessive flooring even when he doesn’t take off over the following few years. The hope is that he develops the offensive facet of his recreation a bit extra and may develop into a prime pairing/PP quarterback kind of man, however even when he doesn’t, his mobility goes to make him helpful in some capability.
Morrow is dedicated to play faculty hockey at UMass. He might probably play a yr of junior hockey subsequent season with Fargo within the USHL, however since he’s unlikely to play all 4 years of school hockey, it could make sense for UMass to deliver him in subsequent season. It is a harmful comparability to make, however the hope will likely be that Morrow’s improvement trajectory will likely be just like one other smooth-skating prospect out of UMass in Cale Makar. Makar was good, however not nice in his first season at UMass as he matured bodily and adjusted to the faculty recreation, earlier than taking off in his second season to develop into a dominant participant. Morrow a minimum of has the potential to be comparable, if not fairly to the identical diploma as Makar.