Wednesday, August 23, 2023

5-Star forward Zachary Morin commits to BU

BU received its third commitment from an '07 skater when dynamic forward Zachary Morin announced his verbal on both Instagram and Twitter. A 6'2" left-shot center from Lachenaie, Quebec, he was tendered by USHL Youngstown in January and will join the defending league champion Phantoms this season.

Earlier this summer, the Terriers received commitments from 5-star forward Conrad Fondrk and 4.5-star forward Jack Murtagh, both of whom will skate for the NTDP U17s this season.


Following his 130-point season (58G,71A in 77 games) for Little Caesar's 15U AAA, Morin was projected to be the #2 prospect for the QMJHL draft. He added eight points in five games at the USA Hockey 15U Nationals. At the 2021-22 World Selects Invitational 15U, he had a 7-2-9 line in nine games. Previously he played for Collège Esther-Blondin Phénix in Quebec.

PuckPreps Ontario/Quebec scout Jordan Malette:

"I had the chance to see Zach play a few times last season at the Marlies tournament. He's such a fun and exciting player who oozes skill and confidence. Really excited to see how his game evolves, as the potential is enormous."

Hockey writer Mark Divver:   

"Morin is explosive. Can score, make plays and will run you over, too."

Phantoms co-general manager Jason Deskins:

“He skates extremely well. He's got great hands, a really good stick, can shoot a puck, can make a play. But he's hard, and he's physical."

In a pre-QMJHL draft profile, PuckPreps’ scout Brayden Olafson wrote:

"In my opinion, Zach is objectively the most technically complete player in this 2007 Quebec group. He’s physically mature, and skates like the wind. He explodes out of traffic and is detail oriented when it comes to receiving, manipulating and moving the puck. His tactics in transition are what I would consider to be his signature. In moving the puck through the neutral zone he has a balanced approach in terms of passing or skating in order to remain unpredictable, and does both very well. He manipulates his speed and position through traffic to create lanes and ensure support, but remains aware of his outlets continually so that he can make crafty short range passes as well. I wouldn’t go as far as to classify him as an archetypical two-way forward because he usually isn’t the type to fully immerse himself in the defensive battle to free pucks, but he regularly offers good outlet support to his defensemen and usually only leaves the defensive zone when the time is right. I believe he has the awareness, poise and skill to excel in a half-wall powerplay role and eventually develop into one of the premier special teams experts in Junior hockey."

At Youngstown, he'll join 2024 recruit Brandon Svoboda, a Phantom returnee who was drafted by San Jose in the third round of the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. Phantoms Make Splash with High-End Zachary Morin Signing 

Morin Elite Prospects Page

In case you missed it, yesterday's blogpost featured a Wilmer Skoog interview and the Bruins ' PTO signing of Alex Chiasson, another Quebecois forward who played in the USHL before bringing his talents to Agganis Arena.


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