There’s no disputing the physical gifts of Prince Albert Raiders defenseman Josh Morrissey.
There’s no arguing his intelligence, either.
Morrissey was named the recipient of the Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy on Wednesday, awarded to the Western Hockey League’s Scholastic Player of the Year.
On the ice, the 17-year-old recorded 15 goals and 47 points in 70 games.
Off it, the Calgary, AB product excelled in his Grade 12 year at Carlton Comprehensive High School in Prince Albert. Morrissey completed five 30-level classes while maintaining a 92.5 per cent average.
It’s his blend of smarts and skating that will make the 6-foot, 185-pound defenseman an attractive package on draft day, according to Future Considerations WHL scout Zenon Herasymiuk.
“Morrissey is an outstanding skater that thinks the game at an elite level,” he said. “His competitiveness mixed with gifted playmaking abilities make him a unique prospect that will be highly sought after on draft day.”
Morrissey is 16th in Future Considerations’ April Ranking for the 2013 NHL Draft.