Friday, September 5, 2008

Men's Player Previews: #5 Blake Geoffrion

Vitals:

Position: Forward
Year in School: Junior
Shoots Left
Height: 6-2
Weight: 187
Hometown: Brentwood, TN
Previous Team: US NTDP

NHL Considerations: 2nd round pick (2006) of the Nashville Predators. His great grandfather Howie Morenz, is in the HOF and had his # retired by the Montreal Canadiens. His grandfather Bernie "Boom Boom" Geoffrion is largely credited for creating the slap shot, was a 7 time Stanley Cup winner and a HOF. His father also spent a few seasons in the NHL.

07/08 Stats: 36 games, 10-20-30, +11, 52 PIM
06/07 Stats: 36 games, 2-4-6, -2, 62 PIM

08/09 Role: 1st Line LW/C, 2nd PP Unit, 1st PK Unit

07/08 Recap: Blake took a HUGE step forward last season in his development. After what was a disappointing freshman campaign, Blake decided to play his game and that led to a lot of success. Blake did it all; he scored (2nd on the team in pts), took face-offs, grinded in the corner and was not afraid to get into it w/ opponents when necessary. Blake went from being the “penalty machine” as a freshman to being a team leader on and off the ice. It’s safe to say that Blake became a fan favorite. While not a glorious role, Blake was also one of our top PK guys. Blake joined Jamie McBain representing the United States at the WJC.

08/09 Thoughts: Blake’s return was not set in stone as there were thoughts he might join the Nashville Predators system, but instead he is back and co-captains the team w/ Ben Street. Some of Blake’s success last season arguably came from working w/ Kyle Turris on the 1st EV line and on the PP. W/ KT gone to the NHL, more pressure will fall on Blake’s shoulders this season, and Blake will have to work to make more of his own opportunities. I think Blake’s game will grow, but not necessarily on the scoresheet. Blake will continue to be our top PK forward, a role I think he is very happy to play. W/ his NHL bloodlines, Blake is a destined for a bright future.

Prediction: 36 games, 12-22-34, All-WCHA 3rd team

Photo from uwbadgers.com