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Flames Sign College Scorer Sam Morton – Full Scouting Report and Highlights

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The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed 24-year-old forward Sam Morton to an entry level deal.

Morton was named CCHA Player of the Year following the conclusion of a 24-goal, 10-assist (34 points in 37 games) season that concluded in the semifinals of the Mason Cup. The Lafayette, Colorado product got into 144 games with Minnesota State and Union College over a six-year NCAA career, putting up 47 goals and 42 assists for 89 points.

The two-way deal signed with Morton carries a salary of $950,000 for one year. Sam will join the AHL Wranglers on an amateur tryout agreement for the remainder of the 2023-2024 regular season.

 

Scouting Report – Sam Morton

 

Skating

Like so many players coming out of the NCAA, it is likely that Morton’s mobility will define whether he can make a push for an NHL roster spot. Morton has the same style that Tyler Toffoli brought to the ice.

Toffoli was never known as a burner, but his lethal shot and work off the boards earned him an extended look in an NHL top six.

 

Shot

A left shot who loves the right circle Sam will often haunt that area in order to get off his big shot. That signature set-up helped him get to nine powerplay goals on the season.

 

 

You can see that he’s no one-trick pony in his other highlights. Morton has a knack for sneaking into the slot to rip off his quick release.

 

Hockey IQ

The instincts and timing are present; at 6-foot-0 and 181-pounds, the former member of the Wenatchee Wild will have his ability to predict plays tested as he plays through his tryout and single-season contract. He likely won’t often get himself out of trouble with a burst of speed, so reading the play will be essential to making the most of his first venture into pro hockey.

 

Two-Way

It’s certainly worth noting that Sam hasn’t had a negative goal differential in the NCAA since the 2019-2020 season. It’s also worth noting that Morton moved away from the center position as his NCAA career progressed in favor of a more offensive role. He spoke to the move during a 2022 interview on the Maverick Hockey Podcast.

“I’d say I’d rather play wing. I’m really open to either one. It’s really only in the D-zone. you’re in the D-xone youre kind of responsible for more areas of the ice as a center versus as a wing. You kind of just have your half of the ice (as a wing). So it’s a little more freedom as a center because you go everywhere, but it’s definitely more skating, but I also like taking faceoffs.”

 

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