Updated: 10:50 p.m.
On what is expected to be a busy NHL draft day, the Flyers checked one offseason item off their checklist.
The Flyers and defenseman Samuel Morin agreed to a three-year contract, general manager Ron Hextall confirmed Friday night.
Marc Antoine Godin of The Athletic first reported the deal.
Morin will miss most of the 2018-19 season because of a torn ACL in his right knee. He suffered the injury during the Phantoms’ five-overtime playoff game against the Charlotte Checkers on May 9. He’s likely out until February.
Because Morin signed his entry-level contract five years ago as an 18-year-old, he’s no longer waiver exempt. He would have been a restricted free agent.
Morin, a hulking 6-foot-7 defenseman, was the Flyers’ first-round pick (11th overall) in 2013. He failed to make the Flyers last season despite a strong training camp and preseason.
The Flyers carried him on their opening night roster but sent him to the Phantoms after their opening four-game road trip.
Last season was a nightmare for Morin. He dealt with several lower-body injuries and played just 15 regular-season games in Lehigh Valley.
Morin had a two-game stint with the Flyers in November and played well.
The three-year deal will give Morin an extra two years to prove himself and gives him a potential future with the Flyers.
It’s also a sign Hextall and the front office still have faith in him.