Kenney Morrison had quite a professional hockey debut on Saturday evening at the GFCC. The 6'2 defenseman from Lloydminster signed an ATO with the team 10 days ago after three successful seasons at Western Michigan University. His two-year entry level contract begins next season. In his first action with the Flames, Morrison had a goal and two assists (plus-3 for the evening) in Adirondack's 7-3 domination of the Oklahoma City Barons.
These offensive numbers in one game may be a bit of an exception over the long term, but you really have to like what this kid showed in his first professional game. He fit right in, and got top four minutes playing on both the power play and penalty kill. He is a fluid skater who moves the puck very well up the ice, shows patience and confidence on the pivot at the blue line, and has a heavy shot.
In prospect scouting, there is reference to needing to continue to improve his game defensively and use his size more to his advantage. At least from observing him last night, I though he was solid in our end and played with some grit.
In his three years at Western Michigan, he had 16 goals and 38 assists. This is a kid to keep an eye on the rest of this AHL season and next fall, and could be a very welcome addition to Calgary's pool of defensive prospects.