Rimouski defenceman Morin could be a good fit for Habs at draft

When Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin addressed the media at his post-season press conference after the Habs were eliminated by the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the playoffs, he said he wanted a big, fast, strong team, but added that it takes time.

“You don’t change the makeup of a team overnight,” Bergevin said. “It takes a long time to change the makeup of a team. Obviously, there’s 29 other teams that want to be big, fast and strong, but that’s easier said than done. But I believe balance is very important. You can’t win with all big guys and you can’t win with all small guys.”

Bergevin, who has six picks in the first three rounds of next month’s NHL entry draft, said his philosophy is to select the best player, but added one option was to take size into consideration.

“It’s easier said than done because everyone is looking for those players, but we’ll look at it, for sure,” Bergevin said.

One of the players Bergevin could be looking at is Samuel Morin, a 6-foot-6, 202-pound defenceman with the Rimouski Océanic. Morin jumped from No. 76 in Central Scouting’s midterm rankings to 23 on its final list last month of draft-eligible North American skaters. That’s right around where the Habs are slated to pick in the first round.

“He moves really well for a big guy and he has a good sense of the game, offensively and defensively. He’s quite a responsible player,” Dan Marr, director of Central Scouting, told The Gazette’s Brenda Branswell.

“When you get a guy that’s that big, that rangy, can make the first pass out of the zone and has a good stick to defend and he’s got a little bit of a physical element … that’s a pretty nice package.”

(Photo courtesy of Rémi Sénéchal/Rimouski Océanic)

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  1. Ghosts of the Forum says:

    We have one of the best pool of D prospects in the League. We need that size, but up front from the draft.

  2. falconea says:

    No I heard on twitter from either dreger or mckenzie that he will be a free agent and us making a comeback.

  3. falconea says:

    How about habs pick up Malholtra, thoughts?

  4. Bill says:

    Am I the only one who kinda likes John “Fonzie” Tortorella?

    He does have the coolest nickname in sports.

    EDIT: I feel so alone …

    Full Breezer 4 Life

  5. Gally365 says:

    Someone said get Richards. Never. He’s too soft, average goal scorer, good playmaker but he’s 33 years old. No more Gomez problems.

  6. Gally365 says:

    As long as the Habs keep improving each year. I’ll be happy with that. The cup will come but only with good and tough players.

  7. adamkennelly says:

    I honestly wanted Roy to be our coach but I’m fine with him figuring out this NHL coaching thing in Denver – where no one is watching or really care.

    Good thing about Roy – is I guarantee – his team will never ever ever be pushed around by anyone. On that note – we can prolly forget about Bordeleau coming our way via free agency – so need to target someone else…Patrick will keep a good Quebec boy on the Nordiques of the west- and I don’t blame him.

    • piper says:

      What if we gave them a short Quebec boy back in return?

      • Mike D says:

        My fingers are crossed too piper. Only problem is that the Avs, much like the Habs, have a bit of a logjam at C and you can draw some parallels with the respective centers:
        Stastny—Pleks (sort of, Pleks is a few years older but you get the idea)

        – Honestly yours
        Twitter: @de_benny

        • Fake says:

          Uhm? WHAT THE F. Duchene = Eller? NO.

          Duchene = Galchenyuk (Finesse playmakers, high draft picks)
          Stastny = Plekanec (maybe)
          O’Reilly = Eller (Two way forwards)

        • piper says:

          Yea, I hear ya Mike. They also have Joey Hishon on the depth chart although his development has been slowed with concussions.
          Gotta be some team out there that could use a center like DD.

    • wjc says:

      Nobody watching?….Nobody cares? Don’t kid yourself, the name of the game is winning.

      Colorado, will have to take the same route Canadiens are taking. Building a team the slow sure way.

      Good Quebec boy on Colorado, at the expense of the best players available…l don’t think so. Don’t forget he is the coach not the G.M. and he will not be head of scouting. French vrs. English you can forget……just the best thank you.

      If Roy turns out to be great coach they keep him. If he turns out to be a dud, then Montreal will not want him.


  8. frontenac1 says:

    @jackal. Agreed amigo. Habs didn’t quit. They were Beat Up . Big difference.

    • The Jackal says:

      If by beat up you mean riddled by injuries, then I agree too! But if by beat up you mean beaten up in the alley then I defer to my repertoire of extenuating circumstances re. the Habs.

      Hockey sine stercore tauri.

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