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Flyers return Morin to junior team

Wednesday, 09.18.2013 / 1:05 PM

By NHL.com Staff -  / Training Camp 2013 blog

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Flyers return Morin to junior team

The Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday returned 2013 first-round pick Samuel Morin to his junior team, the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The defenseman, selected with the 11th pick of the NHL Draft, posted a farewell message to Flyers fans on his Twitter account: "come back in Rimouski today. thanks to the flyers organisation for this camps. #fun #philly great fans great city."

Morin had impressed in two preseason games; he led the team in ice time with 22:22 in a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Tuesday, one night after he played 23:14 in a shootout loss to the Washington Capitals.

The 6-foot-6, 202-pound defenseman had signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the club Tuesday morning, but his chances of starting the season in the NHL were slim. The Flyers had started training camp with nine defensemen on one-way contracts, plus 15-year veteran Hal Gill at camp on a professional tryout.

"Any time [Morin] can spend here is a bonus, to learn from guys, learn what it takes to be a pro," general manager Paul Holmgren said Tuesday. "When the time comes to make our decision, we'll make it."

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We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

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