B2B’s 2016 NHL Entry Draft Preview: Pick 45

Hopefully Donnie does better than Peter did.

With the draft approaching, we decided it was time to rank some prospects and write some profiles.

We’re going to rank the first 45 picks. If you’re curious how we came up with the draft order, three of us ranked players, and we averaged the ranks out. The Bruins pick 14th, somewhere between 27 and 30 depending on how the Sharks do, and 49th this year.

With that, our 45th pick is left wing Cameron Morrison of the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL.

Morrison is a strapping power forward who can also play center. Morrison is a smart player with good instincts. He doesn’t possess blazing speed, but he’s quick enough, and has the ability to win battles, make plays, and score goals. If you ask me, he has “Claude Julien” written all over him, in that he boasts good offensive numbers and can most definitely play a physical game, and hold his own in the defensive zone as well. Morrison scored 34 goals and notched 32 assists in 60 games as a rookie in the USHL.

Eliteprospects tells the tale of Cameron Morrison:

A big, strong all-around player who 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 who can play in all situations and make it difficult on the opposition.

Sounds promising, right? Right. Morrison also won the USHL’s rookie of the year award this season, tearing it up in the USHL after coming from Junior A hockey in Ontario. He could go anywhere from early second round to early in the third.

Morrison could be scooped up by the Bruins at 44, or could go earlier. What do you think?

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carvinbass18
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He sounds like a solid 2nd line type player. Given only being a rookie this year in the USHL, he’s still got a ton of room to grow.

IntentionallyWidenberg
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Mmmmmm…. making the grocery list…
The kid sounds Bruin-ish. I find it hard to think ~4 years out to figure what the team will need by the time these kids are ready for the big league.

P.S. That Jordan Caron kid looks like he’ll really tear it up! wink

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