Per our friend Corey Pronman at Hockey Prospectus, here is the scouting report on Morrissey:
"Morrissey is a dynamic offensive defenseman with a ton of plus skills. He has amassed a considerable number of points for a 1995 birthdate over his last two WHL seasons. His strongest tool is his skating, which is easily high end, if not better. He has a very graceful stride, and his footwork is precise in any direction. His top gear, agility, pivots, and gap control stand out in each game he plays. He is also a top-end puck mover, frequently making aware and accurate passes. He can run the point on a top power play unit, jump into the rush, make a good outlet, and flash a highlight reel play with the puck. His defensive awareness is solid, and he has killed penalties at times. Still, he faces a significant issue in his physicality. I would not describe him as soft, as he can make a quality hit at times, but he often is outmuscled for pucks. Coupling this aspect of his game with his undersized frame makes him a risk at the top level."
Pronman, ISS and Craig Button had Morrissey ranked in the mid-teens to early twenties while Central Scouting ranked him the twenty-seventh best North American skater.
Our pals at Copper and Blue completed a comparables chart which lists Morrissey in good company:
Regardless of how long this draft pick takes to become a regular NHLer remains to be seen, though virtually all of TSN's panel believe that Morrissey is several years away.
The Jets pick again in the second round, owning the forty-third and fifty-ninth picks in the draft.
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