Flyers send Samuel Morin to Phantoms

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 04:40:53 AM. The rookie hasn't played in the Flyers' four games this season.

As expected, the Flyers sent rookie defenseman Samuel Morin to the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Morin was outstanding in the preseason as he played with an edge and used his long reach to break up plays, but was a healthy scratch in the Flyers’ first four regular-season games. Tuesday, Morin said that he was “pretty upset” that he wasn’t playing, but that he would work hard “like I do all the time. I just want to play in the NHL, honestly.”

Morin, 22, figures to be recalled if a defenseman is injured.

Selected in the first round (11th overall) in the 2013 draft, Morin was one of three rookie defensemen trying to earn a spot with the Flyers. Robert Hagg (second-round selection in 2013) and Travis Sanheim (first-round selection in 2014) won spots and are in the defensive rotation.

“I just want to play hockey; it’s my passion,” Morin said in his thick French-Canadian accent.

Morin had a goal, an assist, and a minus-1 rating in five preseason games. He has played two full seasons with the Phantoms, one more than Sanheim and one fewer than Hagg.

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