Apr 27, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wingJeremy Morin
(11) checks St. Louis Blues centerVladimir Sobotka
(17) off of the puck during the third period at the Scottrade Center. The Blues defeated the Blackhawks 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports
Jeremy Morin and Brandon Pirri both expected to start the season on opening night roster for the Chicago Blackhawks, but sometimes the best laid plan goes awry. After this afternoons transaction both players are where they thought they would be even if it took a few more game than expected.
Morin didn’t go to Rockford and sulk instead he took the bull by the horns. In 8 games played with the Icehogs Morin has scored 4 goals and picked up 4 helpers with a +1 rating. Morin also has scored a powerplay goal and had a shootout goal last Saturday night. He’s second in scoring with Icehogs only trailing the 10 points by Adam Clendening.
Morin scored on his first shift with the Blackhawks last season on Easter Sunday in Detroit, and now he is back with the Blackhawks. It will be up to Morin to find a niche for himself in more than likely limited minutes like Pirri has since he arrived from Rockford.
The Hawks made a couple more roster moves along with the Morin transaction. They placed Michael Kostka on I.R. retroactive to October 22, and they came to terms with Rockford Ice Hog Brad Mills and recalled him to Chicago also.
Mills is a 30-year-old center with 31 games of NHL action under his belt with the New Jersey Devils. He scored 1 goal and 1 assist while playing in the NHL. Mills while playing with Rockford this season has scored 2 goals and 2 assists with a -3 rating. Last season Mills scored 7 goals and 9 assists in 33 games with Rockford.
What do you think? Should Morin have been called up before Jimmy Hayes?
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