Still trying to rationalize this deal and from the B's prospect return, and since Morrow is really the guy with the pedigree, thought it might be worth a full thread.
Morrow was 2011 1st Round Pick (23rd overall) by the Pengins while playing with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. That year, he was #12 in the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings (NA Skaters), while being #16 on the mid-term rankings. Additionally was rated #20 in McKenzie's pre-draft rankings. As a December birthday (1992), Morrow was on the older side of the draft class, Dougie Hamilton by comparision is a June B-Day (1993).
Interesting piece from when he was traded from the Pens for Brendan Morrow back in March is that the Stars needed to kick-in a 3rd round pick to get the deal completed. Maybe that is just the genius of Ray Shero vs the incompetence of Joe Nieuwendyk, but it gives you an idea as to what he Stars prior regime thought of the kid.
If this kid develops into a 2nd-pair d-man, that gets me feeling much better about the Seguin trade ROI and the future as Morrow is a year younger than TS.
Here is the Hockey's Future Profile:
2006-07: Joe Morrow was chosen in the second round, 28th overall, of the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft by the Portland Winterhawks.
2007-08: Morrow made his first WHL appearance with the Winterhawks, going pointless in 1 game.
2008-09: In his WHL rookie season, Morrow played in 41 games for the Winterhawks. He picked up 7 assists in those games.
2009-10: In 65 games for the Winterhawks, Morrow scored 7 goals and added 24 assists for 31 points to go along with 59 penalty minutes. In 13 playoff games, Morrow notched 2 assists.
2010-11: In 60 games for the Winterhawks, Morrow scored 9 goals and added 40 assists for 49 points. In 20 playoff games, Morrow scored 6 goals and added 13 assists for 19 points. Morrow played for Team Cherry at the 2011 CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game. Morrow was chosen in the first round, 23rd overall, of the 2011 Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
2011-12: Morrow was so impressive in his first training camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins that he almost made the NHL roster out of training camp. However, concerned over a possible lack of ice time, the Penguins re-assigned the defensemen to the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. Morrow picked up right where he left off with a powerhouse Portland team, posting 17 goals, 47 assists, and 99 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games. He had another impressive playoff as well, managing four goals and 13 assists in 22 games.
A mobile and two-way defenseman who can play in all situations, Joe Morrow has seen his stock rise meteorically since his draft year in 2010-11. Playing with poise and maturity far beyond his years, Morrow possesses the ability to retrieve the puck from his own zone and start the play up ice. His puck-distribution ability is top notch and he has a hard and heavy shot that typically hits the net. He also owns a high hockey IQ and does an excellent job of keeping his head up when moving the puck up ice and carrying it along the blue line.