Blake Geoffrion
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Blake Geoffrion

Hometown:

Brentwood Tennessee

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1988-02-03

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2006

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2006

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

Trade with Nashville, 2012

Weight:

192 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

Blake is the son of former NHL player Danny Geoffrion, the grand-son of Montreal Canadiens legend Bernard “Boom-Boom” Geoffrion, and the great-grand-son of Montreal Canadiens legend Howie Morenz.

2003-04: Geoffrion played 45 games for Culver Academy in Indianapolis, one of the top hockey programs in the nation. He tallied 62 points and helped lead Culver to a 32-10-6 record, their 28th straight winning season.

2004-05: Geoffrion played a solid season for the USNTDP U-17 team. In 58 games he tallied 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) and 109 PIM, of which 22 games were against NCAA teams. In these 22 games, Geoffrion played well, finishing with the third most points on the team with 17 (nine goals, eight assists). He also helped lead Team USA to a first place finish at the Four Nations Cup.

2005-06: Blake had a strong season for the USNTDP U-18 team. In 54 games, he recorded 41 points (18 goals, 23 assists) and 68 PIM. His eight power-play goals were fourth most on the team, third most among forwards. A highlight game for him came against the University of Wisconsin, the University that Blake has committed to, in which Geoffrion played a strong game with a goal and an assist. The Badgers will be counting on Geoffrion to contribute as a freshman next season.

2006-07: Despite posting just six points (two goals, four assists), Blake Geoffrion was impressive in first year at the University of Wisconsin. He played in 36 games and led the Badgers with 62 penalty minutes. The grandson of legendary NHLer Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion also represented the United States at the 2007 IIHF U20 World Junior Championships in Sweden, helping to guide the Americans to a Bronze Medal.

2007-08: A product of the USNTDP, this would be the forwards sophomore season at the University of Wisconsin (WCHA). This was a much more productive season, as Geoffrion registered a career-high 30 points (10g+20a) in 36 games.

2008-09: Geoffrion scored 15 goals and 13 assists for 28 points in 35 games as a junior for the Badgers. The bruising power forward added 73 PIMs to his point totals.

2009-10: As a senior and captain at Wisconsin, Geoffrion helped lead the Badgers to the National Championship game with 28 goals and 22 assists for 50 points in 40 games. His 28 goals led the team, as did his 4 game-winners and 15 power play markers. He scored 3 goals, 4 assists in Wisconsin's first three NCAA tournament games, but was held off the scoresheet in the squad's championship loss to Boston College. Hobey Baker Award as the top collegiate player in the nation and was named to the WCHA's First All-Star Team.

2010-11: Geoffrion made his NHL debut with the Predators in late February after starting his first pro season with Milwaukee in the AHL. He skated in 20 regular season contests and all 12 playoff games for Nashville and scored 6 goals with 4 assists (two in the playoffs). He had a +5 plus/minus with 11 PMs. Geoffrion played 45 regular season contests for the Admirals and returned to Milwaukee for one playoff game when the Predators' season ended. In 46 games total he scored 11 goals with 28 assists and was +1 with 40 PMs.

2011-12: On February 17, Geoffrion was traded to the Montreal Canadiens with Robert Slaney and 2nd round pick in 2012 for Hal Gill and a conditional 5th round pick in 2013. He struggled this season to score at both the AHL and NHL level with the Predators organization but the change of teams gave the solid two-way player who likes to drive the net a spark. The big winger has played well in the AHL with Hamilton, scoring four goals (two on the power play) along with eight assists in nine games for the Bulldogs. Geoffrion scored his first goal for the Montreal Canadiens on March 10th becoming a part of NHL and team history as the fourth generation to play for one team and third generation to score for the same team. He finished the season only scoring two goals and a plus two rating in only 13 NHL games.

 

Talent Analysis

Geoffrion is an excellent two-way forward that combines of size, power and energy. He thrives on the physical side of the game and can often be found delivering some very solid checks. Geoffrion is an outstanding skater with good agility, and power in his strides. He possesses very good hockey sense and on-ice vision. He utilizes his 6’2 frame quite effectively, particularly along the boards and in one-on-one situations. He is sound defensively as well. He’ll drive to the net hard and shown a willingness to go into the difficult areas to make the play. Geoffrion possesses a very hard shot and can get pucks to the net. While Geoffrion possesses good puck skills, he could stand to shoot the puck more often. 

 

Future

Geoffrion should challenge for a roster spot on the Canadiens at their NHL training camp but might start the season in the AHL with the Bulldogs and be the first call-up as an injury replacement.

 

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