Daniel St. Louis / Moncton Wildcats

Fantasy Summary

Playmaking defenseman with interesting offensive tools. Decision-making and footwork need to improve to unlock his potential as a fourth or fifth defenseman.


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June 2023 – Morin was selected 48th overall by the Flames. Pat Quinn


June 2023 – Morin’s season for the Moncton Wildcats, on paper, was impressive – he finished the regular season tied for first on his team in points, and third among all QMJHL defenders, with 72 points in 67 games played. 21 of those points were goals, and his plus-minus of +29 is higher than both runner-ups on his team, combined.

These totals are also why scouting is so important. First and foremost, Morin is by far the most utilized player on his team, and might even be the most-utilized in the QMJHL, playing well above 27 minutes a night on a regular basis. He plays first fiddle on both special team units, and hops on the ice almost every second shift at 5 on 5. Although this is certainly warranted based on his ability to transition pucks out of his zone, the defender struggles very hard in two areas. First, his footwork is a major concern, especially defensively. He has a lot of trouble keeping up with changes of possession and back-and-forth plays, mainly due to a recurring habit of keeping his feet planted. This is also an issue on the offensive side, where a vast majority of his shots come from a standstill, with no lateral lane adjustment to make sure the shot hits the net.

Then there’s the issue of decision-making, where he’ll force a pass through a lane that isn’t there or take himself out of a rush by chasing the carrier instead of holding the middle of the ice. The arsenal of passes, the handling skill and the shot itself are solid, but without major improvements in his footwork and decision-making, Morin will struggle very hard to make his game work against pros. If these issues are fixed, which is a big “if”, there is upside as a second-pair defenseman given the skills he possesses with the puck, both in transition and in the offensive zone. He’ll need a top-tier player development team and lots of attention to get there. Hadi Kalakeche

Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 9, 2005
Height 6‘0”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted 2023 Round 2; Overall: 48


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Montréal Ice StormBrick Invitational6 1 01 4|        
 2017-2018 Pro Hockey Selects U13WSI U136 0 22 -|        
  Montréal Jr. CanadiensQC Int PW5 2 35 4|        
 2018-2019 Lac St-Louis Grenadiers M15 AAAEQM15AAA E26 7 1219 16|        
 2019-2020 CIHA White U18 AAAHEO U1844 8 1422 28|Playoffs1 0 11
 2020-2021 CIHA Voyageurs U18 PrepCSSHLE U180 0 00 0|        
 2021-2022 Moncton WildcatsQMJHL64 8 2533 34|Playoffs3 0 00
 2022-2023 Moncton WildcatsQMJHL67 21 5172 50|Playoffs12 2 1517
  Canada U18WJC-183 0 11 2|        
 2023-2024 Moncton WildcatsQMJHL58 12 3749 31|Playoffs4 0 33
  Calgary WranglersAHL1 0 00 0|