June 8, 2011 - Western Hockey League (WHL)
Calgary, AB - Leading up to the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in Minnesota on June 24 and 25, WHL.ca and WHL Web TV, will highlights five WHL players who are highly ranked by NHL Central Scouting leading up to draft day. This week's featured WHL player is Portland Winterhawks puck-moving defenceman Joseph Morrow.
Joseph Morrow - Portland Winterhawks Defence
Hometown: Sherwood Park, AB
D.O.B: December 9, 1992
Ht: 6' 1"
WHL Bantam Draft: 2007, 2nd rd, 28th overall
C.C.S Rank: 12th among domestic skaters.
Joe Morrow just completed his third season in the WHL with the Portland Winterhawks, helping to lead them to the U.S. Division and Western Conference regular-season titles while also helping them to the Western Conference Championship in the 2011 WHL playoffs.
A two-way, puck-moving defenseman, Morrow's biggest strengths are his tremendous skating, his passing skills and his shooting ability. The Sherwood Park, AB, product boasts terrific speed and agility that help him carry the puck out of the defensive zone and join the offensive rush. An offensively gifted rearguard, Morrow's hockey sense and vision enable him to make good first passes and move the puck effectively in the offensive zone. Morrow also possesses a heavy and deceptive shot that makes him a threat to score or create scoring chances for his teammates from rebounds. Morrow's offensive abilities make him a particularly effective anchor on the power play. As good as he is offensively, Morrow is also a solid player in the defensive zone who uses his strength and mobility to push opposing forwards off the puck.
"Joe Morrow is a powerful kid," said Winterhawks' head coach and general manager Mike Johnston. "He's a really good skater when he brings the puck up ice, he's got a heavy shot from the point, and he's really strong down low in the defensive zone.
"His skating ability helps him carry the puck out of pressure situations in the defensive zone, he's very good at joining the rush and knowing when to do it, and his shot makes him a threat on the power play," said Johnston.
Morrow suited up for Team Cherry at the 2011 Home Hardware CHL / NHL Top Prospects game.
Did you know...Morrow's father and older brother both played in the WHL, and were both selected in the NHL draft.