Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
Ottawa Senators Official Website FRANÇAIS Official Site of the Ottawa Senators

ALL regular season home game TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 BUY TICKETS > 
Inside the Senate
 

Draft Profile: Josh Morrissey

Tuesday, 25.06.2013 / 1:00 PM
By Chris Lund - OttawaSenators.com / Inside the Senate Blog
X
Share with your Friends


Inside the Senate Blog
Draft Profile: Josh Morrissey

With a renewed emphasis on dynamic offensive talent on the blueline in the modern NHL, Josh Morrissey of the Prince Albert Raiders will be a tough player to pass up for many teams.

Morrissey, a 5-foot-11, 182 pound defender who shoots from the left side, had a very productive 2012-13. In 70 games for the Raiders, he was an offensive catalyst from the blueline, recording 15 goals and 47 points. He was also a star for Canada at the Ivan Hlinka tournament and the World U18 championships, recording eight points in five games and seven points in seven games respectively. He earned a gold medal at both tournaments.

Morrissey’s biggest asset comes from his offensive game. He is a very fluid skater who possesses good offensive instincts and tools. He moves the puck around effectively and can put pucks on net. His awareness is good all over the ice and he plays bigger than his size, engaging opponents physically.

While Morrissey does play bigger than his measurements may lend themselves to, that willingness to engage physically underscores the main weak point of his game: his strength. Until he develops a strength level that will allow him to compete physically with big, tough NHL forwards, it’s unlikely that he will be able to contribute consistently at a meaningful level. His defensive positioning could also stand to improve at the next level.

As far as offensive defencemen in the 2013 Entry Draft go, very few -- if any -- come with more ability than Morrissey does. He is a slick player with a good edge to his game that should evolve into a quality NHL defenceman for years to come. While the offensive skills are currently more of an asset than the defensive ones, development of the latter could round Morrissey into a top pairing talent.

Expect Morrissey to come off the board in the middle of round one.


More from Inside the Senate:Latest News/Features:

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06