Looking for a spark after a few lackluster performances, the Hawks have made their first really notable call-up of the young season, recalling Jeremy Morin from Rockford. Morin will be in uniform on Saturday night in Atlanta, when the Hawks take on the Thrashers.
Fans have been calling for Morin's promotion since a solid preseason. Just 19 years old, Morin was acquired in the deal that sent Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager and Brent Sopel to Atlanta. The Hawks return included Morin and Marty Reasoner, the latter of whom was spun to Florida as the Hawks continued to attempt to manage their cap space.
Morin was a second-round pick of the Thrashers in 2009, and did not disappoint in his first season in their system, potting nearly 50 goals with the Kitchener Rangers. In eight games with Rockford this season, Morin has recorded four points, three of which are goals, all coming on the power play. In six preseason contests, Morin put up four points, including three assists.
No word yet on who Morin will be replacing on the forward lines, but there's very little doubt that it will be either John Scott or Jordan Hendry. The fact that both were even playing on the forward lines demonstrates how much a change like this was needed.
The Blackhawks will meet some former teammates in Atlanta, ironically enough with Morin in the lineup, on Saturday at Philips Arena.