How about another right-shot center prospect for the Seattle Kraken? One can never have too many of those … and yes, we’re guilty of repeating ourselves in that regard. 20-year-old junior player Logan Morrison signed a three-year entry-level deal with the Seattle Kraken on Tuesday.
Morrison went undrafted into the NHL in 2020, 2021, and 2022 and is now playing as an overage pivot for the Ottawa 67s in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). That just happens to be the team that posted the best record in the OHL this past season, 51-12-and-5 for 107 points, and just advanced to the second round of the playoffs after beating the Oshawa Generals in five games.
Morrison and the 67s will take on a strong Peterborough Petes club in the next seven-game series starting Friday.
Morrison just happens to have ten points through those first five playoff games. Seven of those points are goals, tied for the most thus far in the OHL postseason.
Between his time with the Hamilton Bulldogs and the 67s in 2022-’23, Morrison piled up 94 points in 56 regular season games. Despite playing just 22 games for his new club after they loaded up for an OHL title run and a potential Memorial Cup bid, Morrison was named Ottawa’s best forward and was nominated for the league’s most-outstanding-player award.
Morrison has 273 points in 222 career OHL regular season games and 50 points in 28 career playoff matches.
In the Dobber Prospects scouting report following his rookie season, writer Josh Tessler’s report included the following:
“He had arguably the highest hockey IQ in his OHL draft class. Morrison also showcases dynamic offensive abilities. With his stellar hockey IQ, he can pin-point open forwards and deliver quality passes in transition.”
That hasn’t changed. Morrison is instinctive on the fly.
The speedy center grew up in Guelph, Ontario, about 45 minutes outside of Toronto. He racked up points there for the AAA Guelph Gryphons program as a younger teenager before moving on to Hamilton.
Pros and Cons
Stop us if you’ve heard this before: He’s super-talented but a bit undersized.
Well, that happens a lot for teenagers … there’s really no way of knowing how fast they’ll grow and just how big they’ll become. Morrison is slight, but he’s now reached the 6-foot mark in height. Once he fills out, we likely won’t be hearing “undersized” anymore. This isn’t a 5-foot-9 center.
In the OHL coach’s poll just out on Monday, Morrison was voted the 2nd smartest player in the Eastern Conference. By the way, his fellow righty center and Seattle Kraken prospect Shane Wright was voted the second smartest player in the Western Conference.
Unlike Wright and David Goyette, the Seattle Kraken will likely have to wait a bit before they officially bring him into the fold. His club is the favorite to continue advancing in the OHL playoffs.