2022-23 Team: Moncton Wildcats
Date of Birth: Mar. 9, 2005
Place of Birth: Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec
Ht: 6-foot-0 Wt: 183 pounds
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2023 first-year eligible
- NHL Central Scouting: 24th (amongst NA skaters)
- The Hockey Writers (Horn): 49th
- The Hockey Writers (Baracchini): 43rd
- FC Hockey: 57th
- TSN/McKenzie: 60th
- TSN/Craig Button: 26th
- Recruit Scouting: 58th
- Smaht Scouting: 60th
Etienne Morin is exactly what NHL teams are looking for in a defenseman. He is a mobile, two-way player who excels in transition. Last season, he averaged just under 21 minutes per game for the Moncton Wildcats in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) as a 16-year-old rookie.
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Morin plays heavy minutes in all situations, especially offensively, with 20 goals and 65 points in 64 games. He is the main weapon and the quarterback on the QMJHL’s tenth-ranked power play (PP). His offensive instincts also allow him to combine his vision with excellent edgework, which he uses to make direction changes, opening up time and space to make a play or to walk the blue line where he can use his hard and accurate shot to score or generate rebounds. His performance at the Kubota Top Prospects game allowed him to showcase those skills and his leadership abilities against the best prospects in the Canadian Hockey League.
Defensively he is very capable as well. He has strong gap control and uses his skating and puck handling to his advantage against attacking forecheckers, as he retrieves pucks quickly and is able to identify passing lanes that he uses to begin the counter-attack in transition. In the defensive zone, Morin is able to play physically along the boards in one-on-one battles and in front of the net. His focus on becoming a 200-foot, all-situations player has helped build his confidence over the season and made him even more of a Swiss-army-knife type of weapon for his coaching staff.
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Etienne Morin – NHL Draft Projection
Morin is a safe pick for a team looking to add defensive depth to their prospect pool. He is projected to become a two-way defenseman who could fill a role on the second power-play unit. His progression from his first to his second QMJHL season indicates that he is willing to work, making him a good player to select as a project.
“He’s a kid who deserves what he gets because he’s a hard worker, and he’s a great teammate. He works hard in practice, he’s very mature in his approach, and he shows up looking to improve. He doesn’t deflect anything towards others. He takes it on his own shoulders. He’s like that in school. He’s a good student. He’s a guy who doubles down in everything he does,” Moncton head coach Daniel Lacroix.
- Work Ethic
- First pass
Under Construction (Improvements to Make)
- Defensive game
He has the potential to be a second-pairing defender whose mobility and first pass help a team begin the transition game. However, he needs to add strength and improve his foot speed and speed of play if he wants to reach that potential.
Risk – 3/5, Reward – 2.5/5
Fantasy Hockey Potential
Offence – 5/10, Defense – 6/10
Drafted 21st overall By Moncton Wildcats, 2021 QMJHL Entry Draft
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