The Colorado Avalanche have selected Cam Morrison from the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL with the 40th pick in the 2nd Round of the 2016 amateur draft. He's a 6'2" 207 pound C/LW committed to Notre Dame. So much for the Avs hate college guys narrative!
Morrison is big, fast, and defensively sound, racking up 34 goals and 32 assists last year for the Phantoms, on his way to a Rookie-of-the-Year title. he also had 4 pts in the U18 WJCs with Team Canada.
Steve Kournianos of The Draft Analyst had this to say about the big forward:
"You might as well start calling him Mr. Touchdown, because watching this South Bend-bound monster on the ice is reminiscent of a bruising tight end who always finds the end zone. Morrison was named the USHL’s 2016 top rookie after winning the OJHL Rookie of the Year in 2015. He’s a classic power forward with a strong desire to get to the net and position himself to receive the puck in optimal scoring areas."
You can read the rest of the draft profile here.
Love the Cam Morrison pick for Colorado. Selfishly wish he would have gone the OHL route. Competitive player who would have done well in NB.— OHL Prospects (@BrockOtten) June 25, 2016