Jeremy Morin joins Blackhawks at practice, wants to participate in more
BY ADAM L. JAHNS firstname.lastname@example.org September 18, 2011 11:14PM
LONDON, CANADA - SEPTEMBER 11: Jeremy Morin #27 of the Chicago Black Hawks skates in a game against the Toronto Maple leafs during the NHL Rookie Tournament on September 11,2010 at the John Labatt Centre in London,Ontario. The Leafs defeated the Hawks 6-3. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Updated: November 10, 2011 12:40PM
For all the attention given to Ben Smith and Marcus Kruger for their efforts in the playoffs, it’s easy to forget that Jeremy Morin was the first forward prospect to make an impact last season.
The problem, though, is that Morin finds himself playing catch-up as he recovers from a concussion. Morin hasn’t taken part in a scrimmage during training camp, but he did participate in two practices Sunday.
“Injuries are all different,” said Morin, the notable prospect acquired in the Dustin Byfuglien deal with the Atlanta Thrashers last summer. “They all take different times to heal. I was just doing what I could and doing what the trainers recommended.’’
Morin wouldn’t detail how he got hurt, only saying it happened in January against the Wolves when he was with the Rockford IceHogs. The next step, he said, is getting cleared for full contact.
Coach Joel Quenneville said he looked good during practice, and even winger Patrick Kane said he was impressed. But it’s getting tough to sit and watch as other prospects get a chance to fully participate in scrimmages in front of the Hawks brass.
“It’s not frustration, but obviously I want to get out there and play,” Morin said. “I haven’t played in a little while, and I’m anxious to get back.
“Right now, I’m worried about getting 100 percent healthy. That’s all I can do. Obviously, I’m going to try to make the team. But for me, being 100 percent healthy is what we’re focusing on.”
A star shines
Kane still wore a splint on his surgically repaired left wrist, but it failed to prevent him from stealing the show in his first scrimmage in training camp.
“It felt good to be out there,” Kane said. “You don’t want to put yourself in any situations where you’re going to get hit or something could go wrong. I was still pretty cautious out there, but it’s competitive hockey, so you’re going to be competitive out there and try to do some good things.”
Kane scored two goals against rookie Alexander Salak and had an assist. His second goal was a good sign that his wrist is healing. Kane stickhandled past defenders, got in close on Salak, went to his back hand and smoothly lifted in a goal.
“It was pretty fast,” Salak said. “I couldn’t even react.”
In and out
Marian Hossa is expected to arrive in Chicago on Tuesday and join his teammates on the ice Wednesday. Hossa has remained in Slovakia after the death of his friend Pavol Demitra and the birth of his daughter, Mia.
Defenseman prospect Dylan Olsen sat out with a lower-body injury.