NHL Draft profile: Joe Morrow
June, 21, 2011
By Mark Stepneski | ESPNDallas.com
The latest in a series on top prospects for the 2011 NHL Draft looks at defenseman Joe Morrow, who plays for Portland of the Western Hockey League.
Background on 2011 draft prospect Joe Morrow. Note: Rankings are final.
|Born: December 9, 1992/Edmonton, Alberta
Height/Weight: 6-0/197 pounds
2010-11 Team: Portland (WHL)
|NHL Central Scouting||12th (North American skaters)|
|Red Line Report||30th overall|
|International Scouting Services||33rd overall|
|The Hockey News||34th overall|
|Registered 49 points (9 goals, 40 assists) in 60 games for Portland of the Western Hockey League. Ranked second among WHL defensemen in playoff scoring, registering 20 points (6 goals, 14 assists) in 21 games as Portland made it to the WHL finals.|
|Picked up 31 points (7 goals, 24 assists) in 63 games for Portland in 2009-10. Played 41 games for Portland in 2008-09, registering 7 assists.|
|ESPN.com Scouting Report|
|Positives: Skating. First-pass puck movement. Game management.
Negatives: Not a physical presence at the junior level. Probably should be able to get more out of his skills set.
Link: ESPN.com Joe Morrow Profile
|"Puck moving, and puck rushing, defenceman likes to dictate the pace of play from the back end and carries the puck up ice himself without hesitation. Established himself on Portland's top defensive pair this year playing a very well rounded two-way game. Loves to join the rush and create odd-man rushes. Has a big-time shot from the point and is the triggerman on the power play. Makes quick decisions and crisp, accurate outlets. Overall game has improved a ton in the past year." - Red Line Report 2011 Draft Guide
"Morrow skates well, is competent around the puck and has an absolute laser from the point that he can get off deceptively quick. He plays tough and doesn’t back down from a physical challenge and uses his body well to separate opponents from the puck. He makes a good first pass and can also set things up from the point and distribute the puck appropriately." - International Scouting Services 2011 Draft Guide
"Steady blueliner with good speed for joining the rush. Might develop into a top-4 D on a winning team at the next level. Has powerplay point skills that project at least to a second-unit PP." - ESPN.com
Mark Stepneski joined ESPNDallas.com in July 2010. A former news/special projects producer for KXAS-TV, he has run the Andrew's Dallas Stars Page website since 1997.
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