It took Jordan Morrison a while to rediscover the form that allowed him to score 26 goals and 74 points as an ECHL rookie in 2008-09.
Once he did, he was a joy to watch. Morrison had 10 goals and 21 assists in his final 27 games after posting 10 and 14 in his first 44. It was a good bounce-back for the 24-year-old former seventh-round draft pick (Pittsburgh, 2004) who played for three different teams in 2009-10.
Like Bourret, another year in the ECHL might not be best for Morrison’s development, and he seems to know it.
How do you feel about your season in general?
It was a long year. I’m disappointed about not making playoffs. Personally, and this team we had a rough start. Personally and as a team we had a better second half. That’s all you can ask for; in the end it wasn’t enough to make playoffs but we definitely tried. We fell short.
You had a strong finish after moving back to center and playing with Alex Bourret. Do you want to pick up where you left off there?
Yeah, that’s always what you want to do, is end strong. Hopefully I can pick up next season where I ended off here. I felt comfortable getting back to center, my natural position. As a team we started to jell in the second half, which is the most important thing.
Where do you see yourself next year?
That’s a tough question. Summertime for hockey players is always a volatile thing. We’re looking everywhere. It’s a business for us as well and we need to make the best decision for us personally. Hopefully it can work out and I can come back to the Ontario Reign. if not, I enjoyed my time here and that’s about it.
Are you looking at Europe?
Yeah, I’m also looking into Europe. I’ve been in this league a few years now. It might be time for a change, but we’ll see how the summer goes, talk to some people. If there’s nothing worthwhile going over there, I’ll probably just stick around here.
How did you enjoy playing in California for the first time?
It was great coming to the rink every day in sandals, t-shirts, it’s a Canadian boy’s hockey dream – the best of both worlds. I couldn’t say enough about the fans, unbelievable. It’s a great place to play. Probably not a better place to play in this league.