WWYDW: What To Do With Josh Morrissey

Welcome to this week’s version of What Would You Do Wednesday where you are asked a question and debate among yourselves what the answer is. Unfortunately, the only prize you will receive will be the most Twitter mentions.  

For this week’s What Would You Do Wednesday, I am posing the question, what should the Jets do with Josh Morrissey?

The Jets have a good defenceman waiting in the wings, playing for the Manitoba Moose. His name is Josh Morrissey. Morrissey, 21 years old, was drafted 13th overall by the Jets in 2013. He is a left handed shooter and can hopefully be a useful 5-6 defenceman, getting Mark Stuart out of the lineup.

Here is Hockey’s Future’s talent analysis on Morrissey:

Morrissey is one of the elite defensemen in his age group. A key power play performer in junior hockey, his offensive instincts are immediately evident. He is an accurate passer and carries the puck with confidence. Morrissey is not hesitant to initiate the transition from defense to offense. His high level technical skills fit well with some of the young forwards in the Winnipeg system.

On paper, Morrissey seems to be a good fit for the Jets. This begs the question, is Josh Morrissey ready to make the step to the NHL?

What Would You Do Jets Nation?

Morrissey has a full season of AHL action under his belt with the Manitoba Moose. Is that enough seasoning for him to get NHL time? He only got 1 game during the 2015-16 season.

Should the Jets keep Morrissey in the AHL for more professional experience?

As always leave your answers and suggestions in the comments or on Twitter with the #wwydw hash tag and mention to @NHLJetsNation and/or me: @canadiankyian.  

  • Gonzo Hockey

    some players are better in the hl than the ahl…he is one of them

    put him with myers, and we’ll have the opportunity to put enstrom on 3rd d

    trouba – buff

    morrissey – myers

    enstrom – UFA signing (quincy-russel- j.mcbain-strait-schlemko)or postma

    trade bait has to be in summer:

    burmistrov / hutchinson / stafford

    freeagents:

    quincy or russell

    overpay for matt martin

    dom moore – paling

    we’re close

    • Eddie O rules!

      I can’t imagine him being able to step into top 4 duty. Possibly he could be a space filler next to Buf, but him and Meyers would get killed. Remember Meyers is being carried by Toby not the other way around.

      AHL for another year, hopefully kill it there in big minutes, then he’ll be ready, but still starting off as a bottom pairing, maybe with pp time, and hopefully eventually second pairing 3 years from now. And hopefully because he’s good enough and not just because Toby will be gone then.

  • #12MorrisLukowich

    I was dumbfounded with this draft pick…

    With home town boy Ryan Pulock and big Shea Theodore still available I just couldn’t wrap my head around why this little guy was chosen.

    He’ll have a hard time making in in the Bigs…but then again…ANYONE is better than that coral anchor Stuart…

      • #12MorrisLukowich

        Give a Rat’s suitcase what the “average” NHLer is…

        Ryan Pulock: 6’2″ 215lbs.

        Theodore: 6’2″

        Morrissey’s quite a bit “smaller”…how’s that ?

        Yes…so he’s an LHD…his RHD will have to be Norris worthy in order for him to crack the lineup…YEARS away…if ever…

        • MyDogHasScheifeles

          Morrissey is the same size or bigger than Erik Karlson, PK Subban, Goligoski, Leddy and Tyson Barrie is only 5’10. He also seriously out performed Theodore and Pullock for Canada at the world juniors and still put up good numbers last year on one of the worst teams in the AHL. 2 inches is nothing when you’re smarter, faster and more skilled.

          • #12MorrisLukowich

            “…smarter, faster and more skilled”?

            Karlson, Subban, Goglioski, Leddy & Barrie ALL played in their 1st year.

            If you believe Hohl’s stats are accurate than any player drafted that doesn’t start in the NHL, statistically loses their opportunity practically exponentially after every year they don’t start.

            D-men take the longest time to develop AFTER they enter the NHL

            Morrissey’s entering his last year on his elc…his probability for success are extremely poor

          • #12MorrisLukowich

            Subban and Barrie both played junior for two more years after they were drafted, then played in the AHL 3 years after being drafted just like Morrissey. Only Subban played 2 games in the NHL that first year of pro and Barrie played 10, Morrissey played 1 game so it’s the same progression for all three players. I’m not saying Morrissey will be as good as Subban but it’s also still too early to write him off. Morrissey has 2 years remaining on his ELC.

  • Mack Irwin

    Hard to say whether he’s ready without seeing him in training camp and preseason – but at 21, with a season for the Moose under his belt, I’d give him a shot. Let him start the year with the Jets at least, and see how it goes.

  • MyDogHasScheifeles

    He improved a lot in the last half of the year with the Moose. Can he can carry that improvement through the offseason and into training camp? If he can have a good camp and preseason he will force management into having to make the tough decision on Stuart and Charot. I hope it happens and Stuart is shipped off.