By Scott Billeck – @scottbilleck
The Winnipeg Jets will give two of their brightest young stars a taste of some pro hockey as they have assigned goaltender Eric Comrie and defenceman Josh Morrissey to their American Hockey League affiliate St. John’s IceCaps.
Comrie, 18, was one of the top-ranked netminders in the Western Hockey League this season despite playing on an underwhelming Tri City Americans team. In this third season with the Ameicans, the Edmonton native earned a 26-25-9 record, 2.57 goals against average and .925 save percentage. Comrie ranked second in the WHL for save percentage and saves (1,849). He was third in games played and minutes (3,523) and sixth in goals against average (2.57). He was named the Vaughn WHL Goaltender of the Month for January 2014, where he appeared in 11 games allowing just 15 goals on 393 shots.
Comrie won gold during the 2012-13 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament but was left of this past year’s World Junior roster. He was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the second round, 59th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.
In his third season with the Prince Albert Raiders, Morrissey, 19, played in 59 games and put up career highs in the stats department with 73 points including 28 goals, a club record for a defenceman. Morrissey was selected as the Eastern Conference nominee for the 2014 WHL Defenceman of the Year Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy.
During the 2012-13 season, Morrissey played with Team Canada and won a gold medal at both the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and the 2013 IIHF World U-18 Championships. Morrissey suited up again for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championships, scoring one goal and adding two assists in seven games played.
He was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round, 13th overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.