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Jeremy Morin: Play Him or Trade Him?

By Brian Kasnicka

Nov 2, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks left wing Jeremy Morin (11) during the second period at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks have been cursed.  This curse has nothing to do with billy goats, but it has everything do with a king’s ransom of young talent.  Whether that includes guys like Adam Clendening, Klas Dahlbeck, or Trevor van Riemsdyk.  Jeremy Morin is a young forward who has the potential to be a star at the NHL level, but is buried under a plethora of talented forwards ranging from veterans like Patrick Sharp to superstars in the making like Brandon Saad.

Morin has had countless opportunities to impress Coach Quenneville and to earn a permanent roster spot, but has ceased to impress.  Morin has been a healthy scratch the last ten games and has apparently asked to be played or to be traded according to the Sun Times.  Morin has denied the reports, but that seems like the road we are headed down.  He is currently in Rockford on a “condition assignment.”  So what should the Hawks do with Morin?  He’s not playing in Chicago, he can’t be sent to Rockford without going through waivers, but does he really have a high enough trade value?  The way I see it, the Hawks have two options, play him or trade him.

The Hawks could let him into the lineup and he could flourish into the offensive weapon he showed he was in the AHL and give the Hawks yet another weapon.  He could continue to progress as an NHL player and bring his offensive prowess and physical game to the lineup.

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Or the Hawks can pull the trigger and trade him.  I’m sure Dale Tallon down in Chicago south would love to trade for yet another Hawk.  As many as five teams have called the Blackhawks in regards to Jeremy Morin, but trading him alone would only fetch a mid-round draft pick.  Packaging Morin with a draft pick or a lesser known prospect could fetch a rent a player like Chris Stewart or Drew Stafford at the deadline.

Whatever the Hawks do with Morin, they’d better do it quick.  What do you think the Hawks should do with Morin?  Feel free to comment your thoughts and be sure to follow @BlackhawkUp on twitter and like us on Facebook.  Thanks for reading.