Saturday, September 5, 2009

09/10 Men's Previews: #5 Blake Geoffrion


Vitals:

Position: Forward
Year in School: Senior
Shoots Left
Height: 6-2
Weight: 188
Hometown: Brentwood, TN
Major: Consumer Affairs
Previous Team: USNTDP in 05/06

NHL Considerations: 2nd round draft pick of Nashville in 2006 NHL Draft. In case you forgot, his grandfather created the slap shot.

08/09 Stats: 35 games, 15-13-28, -3, 73 PIM
07/08 Stats: 36 games, 10-20-30, +11, 52 PIM

09/10 Role: 1st line, PP, PK, Tri-Captain

08/09 Recap: Blake started the season as a co-captain, but w/ Ben Street gone to injury early on, he became the go to leader out on the ice. He wore the “C” well. Blake picked up where he left off in 07/08 and continued his excellent play. He led the team in goals (tied w/ John Mitchell), PP goals, and was by far the best Badger in the faceoff circle winning about 55% of the time. He consistently brought his best effort each night, and that showed up regularly on the score sheet.

Biggest Strength: Blake is one of the best two-way forwards in the entire country. His play in his own zone is nothing short of intense, and to top that off he can score some goals too.

Biggest Weakness: I still think Blake has a temper that takes him over on occasion. Nothing like his freshman season, but once in awhile he losses his cool, and his game tanks w/ it. Overall, Blake has few weaknesses.

09/10 Thoughts: Not many thought Blake would be in the Cardinal and White this season, I’d wager most thought they would see him in Milwaukee playing for the Admirals. Instead, Blake decided to return, and Badger fans couldn’t be happier. Blake is looking to cap off an excellent Badger career by going out on a high note, and he is a key piece of that puzzle of success. He returns as the #1 center on the team, and should again lead by example through another hard working season, w/ excellent play on defense and the PK, and will again be a key to the PP. Blake needs to bleed off some of his intensity to his teammates, since it appears he has plenty to spare. He has come a long way from his freshman season when I thought of him as "Blake Geoffrion Penalty Machine" for all the bone head time he spent in the box.

Prediction: 34 games, 15-20-35*
*All predictions for regular season only

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