Blackhawks Sign Forward Cam Morrison

On Tuesday morning the Chicago Blackhawks announced the team has signed forward Cam Morrison to a two-year, entry-level contract with a $925,000 AAV.

Morrison, 21, was drafted 40th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in 2016 – the pick immediately following Chicago selecting Alex DeBrincat. He became a free agent when Colorado failed to sign him before the deadline on Saturday.

A power forward listed at 6-3 and 214 pounds on the Notre Dame roster, Morrison posted 95 points in 149 games for the Fighting Irish. He was named to the Big Ten’s All-Tournament Team after his sophomore and junior seasons. He was a teammate of current Blackhawks defenseman Dennis Gilbert at Notre Dame for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.

Morrison’s scouting report from Elite Prospects:

“A big, strong all-around player who thinks the game at a high level and executes plays with purpose and drive. Accelerates well and has no issues getting around the ice with haste; transition game will need some tweaks. Very good vision and puck skills, and has the size to make a difference driving to the net and causing havoc for the opposition’s defence. Defensively sound, using his size to his advantage along the boards and getting his stick in place to deflect passes out of harm’s way. Moving forward, Morrison will have every opportunity to develop into a smart power forward who can play in all situations and make it difficult on the opposition.”

If you watched Notre Dame play the last couple years it was hard to miss Morrison, but fans shouldn’t expect him to be a game-changer in the NHL. A good comparison would be former Blackhawks forward Troy Brouwer; he isn’t the greatest skater but knows how to use his size to make plays around the net.

30 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Forward Cam Morrison

  1. i am all about a youth movement for the hawks. if this guy could turn into a brouwer type player he will be a very welcome addition.

  2. Well if hes similiar to Brower then good for 4th when were deep. At times Brow and Kopy played 1st line with 19 81. One of those fit with lots of players kind of player.

  3. @morrison, I’m not sure if Morrison has the offensive skillset to play on the top two lines(although he could always be a ”Bickell” and play on the third line during the season and then move up for the playoffs), but consider a bottom six with Morrison, Kurashev, Barratt, Teply, Entwistle, etc..there’s some nice size coming soon to help the Hawks roll four lines and to help them specifically in the playoffs..these are the types of players that can make your team much more matchup proof and more difficult to play against come playoff time next year..

  4. I’ve never heard of this kid until yesterday. The more I read and watch, he is exactly the type of player we need. What impresses me most is his size and movement. We NEED to get bigger, so punks like Pacioretty won’t slash our players. Imagine if we had a Milan Lucic type of player on this team?

    Also, there is a kid from Carolina who impresses me more and more as I watch him play – Martin Necas. This kid will be a star! Think Dominik Kubalik, but so much faster, if that’s even possible.

    Tim W – Right on!

  5. Hope he can be decent Nhl power forward, a big steal.if he does.

    Slayer through in guys like Regula, Vlassic, maybe Moberg and Gilbert with size coming on back end too.

  6. Outstanding to see that the Hawks are ready to physically start competing.Lets get this skill and size on the fast track and give them opportunities to make the team.

  7. Just what the Hawks need – a power forward with size – hope he can play as early as next season – that would be very welcome indeed

  8. Hi guys. This makes me really stoked. But I’m going on the record NOW to say I’m gonna get REALLY confused between our Morrison (aka Mo) and this new kid Morrison.
    it could be that I’m on the 3rd of my three 12 hour shifts this week & all the xtra late hockey I’m watching….
    :)

    Bonus hockey is fun but late nigbts are not. I forgot how exhausting playoff time is. Hahaha

  9. He was a top 60 on that draft ,he was probably waiting for a nice fit. For him it’s a choice to sign with the Hawks and they definitely need a player like him …Iff he can play a similarly game like Brower then it’s a good move from the Hawks and the size is coming slowly in Chicago
    With a few large frame players with guts and talent the Hawks are getting the future in place ..let see who they will select with their only draft pick in their first 2 round.
    I like the way they move in the past 2 years.
    Tonight …Probably their last game in playoff this year

  10. Big night tonight.
    If Crow comes up huge again, we got a series….
    Anybody know if 95 is in tonight and 92 is out drifting in outer space somewhere?

  11. @ Perimeter: isn’t 92 ALWAYS drifitng in outer space somewhere? that’s how I feel watching him play.
    Also, speaking of 92, my 11 year old had an awesome thought the other night: since the Leafs are out, and everybody is masked–could we find a way to sneak William in for Alex?? I mean, they don’t look that much different. Do you think anyone will notice?!?!

    If only…..
    :)

  12. Hope we see some of that clutch scoring with him wearing a Blackhawks uniform, Tab.
    Probably need some time, maybe a year in Rfd. 1st.

    Hopefully see some of these young guys impact this year. Kurashev, Hagel and Suter should compete for a spot out of camp to help put a competitive 3rd offensive line to give 2ndary scoring with good possession numbers. Be a big plus if 19, 88, 20, 12, 77 and 8 can fill out top 2 lines and have a 3rd line survive on its own. 4th line seems solid for now with Entwistle ready to take Smith’s role when he is moved and a chance to win a regular spot there. See more in another year or 2 what some of these other guys, really bring.

  13. Other than Saad, we have no power forwards so this is an attempt to meet a legitimate need. Suter, Kalnyuk, Morrison all basically free signings so you have to like it.

    Blows schooled Canucks last night. I have been watching this series and what it reinforces to me is 1) you need hard players top to bottom or eventually you get exposed (Canucks are hard but can’t role 4 lines and it is wearing them down) and 2) how important special teams are.

  14. @ian building that 3rd line is key. To your point, we need a line that can eat some minutes, defend an opponents top line if need be, win some face offs and net some goals. Really hoping some of these kids can help here.

  15. Still have the draft in October coming, which should bring a couple more good forward prospects, quite possibly one with 1st rd. pick, to add to pipeline.

  16. Ian
    I am thinking the same …
    Many good players between 14-16 …some team have needs so they take their players with their own eyes.Last year Hawks took Dach with 3rd pick many other team where surprise because they want Dach at 5-6 or 7 pick .So far i have to say that I was wrong because he was not my pick at all and now I saw little of Him but I like his attitude ,Commitment ,He move On is skate a bit like Mario Lemieux sometime ,I am really happy they made him à Hawks Plus he has Toews and Seabrook around him on and of the ice. I would not be surprise to see him with a C in the future.It’s just a feeling but maybe he was a No 2 pick and Hawks where lucky to win the lottery and get him there. Some people did a good job following him On the draft year.

  17. I would like to see Bowman draft some players with size and quit giving second and third round picks away. If Bowman would trade for more draft picks the Hawks could draft more players leading to better odds of getting lucky and actually finding a front line player or two.

    Saad a power forward? Yes he is big….I cannot remember him ever hitting anyone. He looks like he is playing in a no body contact league.
    Saad has been invisible against Vegas. For supposedly being such a great playoff performer Saad has been a major disappointment… Add Toews to the Vegas no show list as well.

    Vegas series looks like David against Goliath
    A rebuild is in order for sure.
    Build around Dach….He has been impressive.

  18. STAPE,Amen!My thoughts exactly on Saad and Toews.Rick Tocchet said it best,some players are playing like they want to go home.

  19. Step/Tab, hahaha. I aint always right but I never been wrong. I would call it Q talk you have to earn the slang/language to understand me. Nobody likes to win more then me. Just remember I am the guy who hooked up the stereo.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79srO7CxS7w

    I am sincere about the Blackhawks like these guys are, eh.

  20. Stape is right, Saad and Toews not doing much vs VGK.

    Neither is rest of team.

    But if they come up big tonight….. lotsa Saad/Toews crickets will be chirping.

    Regardless of what they do tonight, it sure beats watching Panarin play golf.

    My guess is he doesn’t hit the golf ball very hard either, and circles the green 10 times before going to the hole.

  21. Toews and Saad have been kept off scoresheet, Schmitt and McNabb have been matched against them and making life hard for them in Vegas end. Both have logged big minutes on a very good pk that has been perfect so far in the series. That’s the value of having players who are more than just one dimensional scorers, they find other ways to contribute when going gets tough. Hopefully the big guns get it going offensively tonight.

    Bowman will have to make some moves in off season, be great if he is able to land some good prospects or draft picks. Should be some interesting trades made by teams with no cap increase.

  22. Another under the radar signing to add to this years crop is the Chalupa kid out of the Czech league. Good size , good skater…… maybe a late bloomer but still only 22 -23 I think, Could be another good size third liner down the road.

  23. Hi Ian,
    Your point about Bowman making moves:

    You are assuming he will still be around after the new Hawks president is announced.

    I would not make that bet.

  24. @Billy Reay. 37 and still got a year on contract. Seebs 6.4. 35. 2025. Omg. Crow 35 6 mil. Gone. Lehner 29. Great replacement. Dump seebs with buy and Keith. Clear space stay young. Move saad too got soft Oh of course Stan gets walking papers cuz he can’t balance a ck book and trades away his piks so he’s telling u he can’t evaluate talent ! There enjoyable to watch pissing off Knights. Hanging around

  25. @Billy Reay Agree Keith refuses to drop to block a shot or at least take a knee like deHaan. Bowman way over valued his defenseman with long term contracts. For that alone he needs to be put to the pasture. I do not believe Bowman can make the trades needed to advance Blackhawks.
    For the 2019 draft I was hoping the Blackhawks would draft Caufield due to his scoring touch. But after listening to a Dach interview I was all in on him. Not only his intelligence but his size won me over too. Agree with Hawks2010 that Dach will be the next Blackhawks Captain!

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