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Morris looks to move the puck as they battle the Blue Jackets last season
Morris had a down year last season.
At times last season, he looked and played as an "old" NHL defenseman. Morris seemed to be stuck in place as younger, faster forwards skated by him on their way to the net. Morris did have some issues last season (he left the team for personal reasons), and it definitely could have affected his play, but he will have to be better this season in order to keep his job.
Morris has never been a huge point producer, but last season was a down year in a number of different ways.
He only scored 11 points in 59 games but his minus-12 rating is the number that has me worried. If Morris can't stay healthy (he missed multiple games with injuries), he will not be effective. If he is not effective, the Coyotes are very deep in their defensive corp and they might look to give others a chance.
The 33-year-old Morris did average over 18 minutes a game last season and to justify that, this season, he has to return to the form that he displayed in past seasons with the Coyotes. He will probably slot into the fifth defensive spot to begin the season (Top four- Yandle, Ekman-Larsson, Klesla, Michalek) and will have to prove that he can still be defensively sound to fend off youngsters like Michael Stone, David Schlemko, Brandon Gormley and David Rundblad, who will be looking to take his job.