Our 2nd round profiles continue with Cameron (Cam) Morrison. Morrison had a very solid year in the United States Hockey League with the Youngstown Phantoms. He was so solid, he ended up winning USHL Rookie of the Year. He’s committed to play hockey at Notre Dame next year, and the North Bay Battalion own his OHL rights. Could Morrison be the Devils 2nd round pick in the upcoming NHL Draft? Let’s find out more about the potential pick below.
Position: Center/Left Wing
From: East York, ON, CAN
Weight: 203 lbs
Bob McKenzie Mid-Season: Not Ranked
Craig Button: 40th
The Draft Analyst: 42nd
NHL Central Scouting: 46th (NA Skaters)
The Devils current 2nd round pick is the 41st pick in the draft. Obviously that can change, but as of right now, they would be in a good position to draft Morrison. The only surprising thing about his draft position is that Bob McKenzie left him off his mid-season rankings. Button and The Draft Analyst have him ranked right around the Devils pick, so it wouldn’t shock me to see the Devils pick him. It also wouldn’t be a reach.
Morrison ended his rookie season in the USHL with 66 points in 60 games. He ended up a top 3 scorer in the league, tied for second overall. He also lead all rookies in scoring. As stated earlier, he won the USHL Rookie of the Year. He scored at a 1.10 point per game pace, which was good for top 5 in the USHL of players with at least 30 games played. Unfortunately for Morrison and the Phantoms, they didn’t make the playoffs. It would’ve been nice to see how he played in the playoffs, but it doesn’t change the awesome year he had.
Morrison hasn’t had much international experience. He did represent Team Canada at the U18 World Championship. He put up 4 points in 7 games. He’s also played in some development tournaments for Canada, but nothing besides that. It will be interesting to see if he ends up on the U20 team for the World Junior Championship.
Steve Kournianos from The Draft Analyst:
“You might as well start calling him Mr. Touchdown, because watching this South Bend-bound monster on the ice is reminiscent of a bruising tight end who always finds the end zone. Morrison was named the USHL’s top rookie after winning the OJHL Rookie of the Year in 2015. He’s a classic power forward with a strong desire to get to the net and position himself to receive the puck in optimal scoring areas. Morrison, who boasts a heavy, accurate shot, plays like a bull in a china shop, but it’s generally done while under control and with his head up at all times.”
“A big, strong all-around player that thinks the game at a high level and executes plays with purpose and drive. Accelerates well and has no issues getting around the ice with haste; transition game will need some tweaks. Very good vision and puck skills, and has the size to make a difference driving to the net and causing havoc for the opposition’s defence. Defensively sound, using his size to his advantage along the boards and getting his stick in place to deflect passes out of harm’s way. Moving forward, Morrison will have every opportunity to develop into a smart power forward that can play in all situations and make it difficult on the opposition.”
So both these quotes say the same thing, just in different ways. He’s a big, power forward who plays a strong and complete game. We’ve seen that the typical power forward can have a huge impact in the NHL. Someone like Wayne Simmonds is a player that every team would want. One thing to point out is the “plays like a bull in a china shop” quote from Steve. He follows that by saying Morrison is a under control and plays with his head up. The kid has size, so it’s nice to see he doesn’t take dumb penalties and can control it. He’s got a heavy and accurate shot, as well as good vision and puck skills. He plays well in his own end, and it’s good to see that he can be used in every situation.
Scoring Line’s Opinion
I would very much like to see Morrison as a Devils prospect. I think a good power forward is a very useful tool in the NHL, and that’s something that Morrison can become. He clearly had a good year in the USHL, and he’s joining a college program that’s trending upward. This is a very important pick for the Devils. This pick can be a very big piece in the rebuild. I think that Morrison is an excellent piece to have. Obviously no one can predict what he will be if he does make the NHL, but the idea of a good power forward makes me giddy. If he’s the player the Devils pick at 41, I would be all on board.
Not a lot of video out there for Morrison. There are a few of specific goals, so they are linked below. The goals shown are some good examples of what was said about Morrison in the quotes section.
(Photo courtesy of Dan Hickling)