FRISCO — Perhaps the most intriguing prospect at last week’s Stars development camp was not a Stars prospect at all.
Logan Morrison was invited to development camp after completing one of the best seasons in the Ontario Hockey League last season. He finished sixth in scoring in the regular season and was named the league’s MVP in the playoffs, when he led the OHL in points. But Morrison went undrafted for a third time this summer and landed in Frisco thanks to an invite from the Stars.
Morrison, 20, had 100 points in 60 games for Hamilton last season, and followed that up with 39 points in 19 postseason games. He could return to the OHL next season to play as an overaged player, but would rather sign a professional contract.
“Just my ability to create offense [is my strength],” Morrison said. “Obviously, I had a pretty good season, had a really good playoffs. I raised my game at the biggest moments.”
Morrison is slated to play for the Stars in the Traverse City Prospect Tournament in September.
He came to Dallas primarily because of his relationship with Stars director of player personnel Rich Peverley. Both Peverley and Morrison are from Guelph, and even work out at the same gym. As Morrison was sifting through invitations after going undrafted, his relationship with Peverley stood out.
“We’re close, for sure,” Morrison said. “We’re both from Guelph, so he’s been out to a lot of games, I talk to him. He’s kind of the guy that got me here, the most interested for sure.”
Another draw for Morrison was the Stars’ brief but nonetheless existent history of signing players after playing in Traverse City. In 2018, they signed defenseman Ben Gleason (coincidentally played junior hockey in Hamilton) after his showing in Michigan.
Morrison was also sold on playing in Traverse City alongside high-end prospects like Wyatt Johnston, Logan Stankoven and Mavrik Bourque.
Players like Morrison can be tough to project for NHL teams — and perhaps that’s why none used a draft pick on him earlier this month.
“It was frustrating for sure,” Morrison said. “I’m not going to say it wasn’t. Obviously, I didn’t know much. I didn’t know if I was going to be selected. I feel like I earned it, but at the same time, got to keep grinding. Come here now and I can leave a good impression with Dallas.”
Morrison was undrafted as an 18-year-old. He missed a whole year of hockey due to COVID-19, then was undrafted again. He’s never played for a Canadian national team at any level. Last season was his breakout year in the OHL, and it came as a 19-year-old.
Should the Stars sign Morrison, it would be like buying a lottery ticket.
The closest Stars comparable (though not perfect) for Morrison would be Tye Felhaber. Dallas signed Felhaber to an entry-level contract in 2019 after he tore up the OHL with 109 points in 68 games as an overaged 20-year-old player.
But Felhaber struggled to find consistency in the AHL with Texas (eight goals and 10 assists in 86 games) and was traded to Tampa Bay for a minor-league forward that Dallas has since parted ways with.
Morrison is a year younger than Felhaber was at the time of his breakout season, and he was the only player in the top nine of OHL scorers that was not drafted by an NHL team.
“I felt like I did pretty good in my ability to make plays, and making players around me better is what my game is all about,” Morrison said.