Born — Calgary, AB
Height: 6.00 Weight: 185 Shoots: Left
Games: 70 Goals: 15 Assists: 32 Points: 47 Plus/Minus: -14 PIM: 91
Josh Morrissey played this past season for the WHL’s Prince Albert Raiders. Morrissey wasn’t on Central Scouting’s radar in the pre-season rankings as a potential first round pick but that quickly changed after his fast start to the 2012-13 season. Morrissey opened a lot of eyes and he has slowly worked his way up the draft rankings.
Josh Morrissey has represented Canada at the U17 and U18 tournaments and has experience in high pressure situations.
He is one of the best skating defencemen in the 2013 draft class. Morrissey has very good offensive instincts. The usual buzz-words describing his game are: Good first pass, good shot, great hockey IQ and makes good decisions in the offensive zone. He has the tools to be a high-end offensive threat from his defensive position.
He plays a very good positional game and does not shy away from the physical part of the game. He continues to work hard on improving his play in his own zone. Like most 18 year old defenceman Morrissey could use more upper body strength if he wants to be able to compete at the NHL level.
Josh Morrissey is being projected as a top pair defenceman who can play big minutes and play on the PK or PP. His likely draft position could be anywhere from 12-18. He falls right into the Phoenix-Winnipeg position but I believe both teams are looking to the forward position. I thing he gets selected soon after the Jets pick.