Three games after taking the place of Marian Hossa in the Hawks lineup, Jeremy Morin has made a significant impact on the team and their game against the Blues. Although he didn’t score a goal, his determination was enough to create openings for his fellow teammates. He also got his first NHL assist, first NHL fight, and first NHL stitches.
Patrick Sharp took that as a sign that “he wants to be here and he’ll do anything to stay.” He added that “You have to like the fire in him. He battles hard every shift. He’s not afraid of anybody, and we like that.”
Morin explained that he “tried to bring some energy into our line and go in hard on the forecheck and create turnovers on the defense-men. I was happy.” His head coach was happy too. He said that he “thought he was influencing the first, couple, three goals with his positioning, with his forechecking, and I thought he was much better in this game than his two earlier games. He was a factor.”
Morin stated that he hadn’t imagined getting the puck in that way, when asked about his first NHL assist. He also had an unexpected fight with St. Louis’s Chris Porter. Morin explained that they have a sort of history. “I fought him in the AHL too, so I kind of knew who he was. I enjoyed it. It was fun. Definitely fun in front of the crowd.”