TSN Winnipeg Jets Analyst Shane Hnidy joined Rick Ralph on the Rona Roundtable for his daily segment at 12:15pm CT and said that Josh Morrissey may not have had the best training camp, but deserves some time with the NHL club to start the season.
“It is a different situation (than Adam Lowry), maybe he hasn’t made the most of this camp. It’s tough for him to make an impression, he’s been in some tough situations and maybe it hasn’t gone as well as he would have liked. But you can still see the raw talent there, he’s a guy that is very mobile, can skate and is very smart. Adjusting to this level maybe hasn’t gone as well for him.
Sometimes in preseason that happens, it’s easier for forwards because you’re not always the last line of defense that may look bad on a play or a goal against.
The Winnipeg Jets are going to give Josh Morrissey a longer look. Putting him back to junior early isn’t going to benefit anyone. He’s done everything he can there and I think he has a chance here, we’ll wait and see.
They should let him play a few games here in the regular season. Even if he practices (with the team) he has a chance to get up to place with NHL players. These guys play and practice at a (much faster pace than in junior) and he’ll be able to see that.
Then he can go back to junior, whenever it may be, go to the World Juniors get some experience, hopefully (his junior club the Prince Albert Raiders) make a long playoff run and then he would go to the St. John’s IceCaps of the AHL or maybe even with the Winnipeg Jets. It is all part of his development progress, it may be different than other guys but we saw Mark Scheifele and other players go back and have it benefit them.”
It would be along the lines of how the Jets handled Mark Scheifele in the 2011-12 season. Schiefele played seven games for the Winnipeg Jets, practiced with the team and experienced the NHL lifestyle. He then went back to the Barrie Colts in late October of 2011 before his entry level contract kicked in.
While Morrissey isn’t quite at the NHL level just yet, if he can build on last season he will be in position to make an impact in training camp next season.
“(Morrissey had a very long season last year) playing with Price Albert, the World Juniors then a long playoff run with the St. John’s IceCaps. It might be similar (this season), but if you look at how he grew and finished last year; every report from St. John’s was that he became one of the IceCaps top defensemen in the run to the Calder Cup Final. If he can progress that plus some this year, he’s right on track.”