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Sam Morin Not Yet a Chris Pronger Clone

Flyers' draft pick Morin like Pronger? Not yet

Moments after the Flyers selected Sam Morin with their 11th-overall pick in last month’s NHL draft, the comparisons began.

Morin, a 6-foot-7 defenseman, is reminiscent of Chris Pronger. He’s big, he plays with an edge, and he’s far from afraid to be physical.

He even looks like Pronger – who, it should be noted, was his favorite player growing up.

But Flyers director of player development Ian Laperriere says it’s time to back off those assessments. At least for now.

“The big guy moves really well for a big guy,” Laperriere said. “It’s impressive. He’s got a great shot and his feet are pretty great for a 6-foot-7 guy. But everything I read, people throw [Chris] Pronger in there. People have to relax a little bit. The kid is [18]. 

“If he does become Chris Pronger-like in the future, we’ll be very happy. But he’s a long way from that.”