The contract has an average annual value of $1.425 million per season, but will not start until after Morrissey plays his 10th NHL game. He will spend the 2013-14 season with his junior team, the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.
The 6-foot, 186-pound defenseman, taken with the 13th pick of the draft, had 15 goals and 47 points with Prince Albert last season.
He's only 17 but he can see the ice so well and he moves the puck and goes to the open ice all the time, so I just think he's a player that is ready to play in the NHL. I'm really looking forward to coaching someone like this.
— U.S. National Junior Team coach Ron Wilson on Auston Matthews, the projected No. 1 pick of the 2016 NHL Draft