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Blackhawks Camp: Prospect Morin misses opening of camp

Saturday, 09.17.2011 / 5:48 PM

By Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent / Super Saturday

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Blackhawks Camp: Prospect Morin misses opening of camp
A week after traveling but not playing with the Blackhawks' team in the prospects tournament held in Oshawa, forward Jeremy Morin (concussion) is still not healthy enough to get back on the ice for a game.

Saturday marked the opening of training camp for the Hawks and Morin, 20, was noticeably absent in scrimmages. In fact, he's been sidelined since last January, when he was hurt playing for the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

Morin was a second-round pick by the Atlanta Thrashers (No.45) in the 2009 Entry Draft and came to Chicago as a key part of a deal that sent former Hawks star Dustin Byfuglien and several others to Atlanta.

Morin, a right wing with a knack for offense, made a good first impression at Chicago's prospects camp last summer. He then opened eyes in the Hawks' training camp last year before nearly opening the season with the team. He eventually played nine games with Chicago before heading to the World Junior Championships – where he suffered a shoulder injury.

It wasn't long after that his season was cut short by the concussion, which is believed to have happened after being flipped on his head, helmet on, after a hard check.

Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Morin's status is "day-to-day."
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