University of Notre Dame recruit Cam Morrison was named the 2015-16 USHL Rookie of the Year, the league announced Tuesday morning.
The 1998-born left wing from Aurora, Ontario just completed his first season in the United States Hockey League, playing for the Youngstown Phantoms. He racked up 34 goals and added 32 assists in 60 games for John Wrobleski's team.
Morrison, who played for the Aurora Tigers in the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) in 2014-15, is a big power forward, who anticipates and reads plays well. He has good instincts, drives the net and uses his speed to his advantage. He's strong in his own zone and is able to control the puck and keep possession by winning battles down low and along the boards.
Morrison is ranked 46th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting in the organization's final rankings ahead of this June's NHL Draft. Projected to go late in the second round or early in the third round, Morrison will be a freshman for Jeff Jackson's Fighting Irish in the fall.
The USHL also announced its All-Rookie teams on Tuesday morning. Joining Morrison on the first team were Muskegon Lumberjacks forward Collin Adams (North Dakota), Sioux City Musketeers forward Eeli Tolvanen, Omaha Lancers defenseman Jacob Bryson (Providence), Green Bay Gamblers defenseman Andrew Peeke (Notre Dame) and Madison Capitols goaltender Ryan Edquist (Boston College).
Omaha Lancers forward Brannon McManus (Minnesota), Cedar Rapids forward Matt Filipe (Northeastern), Waterloo Black Hawks forward Shane Bowers, Youngstown Phantoms defenseman Luke McInnis (Boston College), Waterloo Black Hawks defenseman Mikey Anderson (Minnesota Duluth) and Tri-City Storm goaltender Dayton Rasmussen (Denver) made up the second team.