Geoff Schemitsch

Geoff Schemitsch

Hometown:

Toronto Ontario

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1992-04-01

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-1

Acquired:

4th round (96th overall), 2010

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2008-09: Geoff Schemitsch played for the Mississauga Reps of the Greater Toronto Hockey League, where he scored 9 goals with 22 assists in 33 games. He was not selected in the OHL priority draft and signed as a free agent with Owen Sound.

2009-10: In his OHL rookie season with Owen Sound, Schemitsch was the leading scorer among defensemen for the Attack with 4 goals and 36 assists and was +1 with 24 PIM in 62 games. Schemitsch scored twice on the power play for Owen Sound, which finished last in the OHL Western Conference.

2010-11: Schemitsch appeared in just 45 games after breaking his arm but returned for the OHL Playoffs as Owen Sound won the league title and advanced to the Memorial Cup. Schemitsch was +17 with 1 goal and 19 assists during the regular season. He skated in 20 of 22 playoff games and was +5 while scoring 1 goal with 11 assists and 2 PMs. Schemitsch had 2 assists and was -1 in four Memorial Cup games.

2011-12: Schemitsch opened the season with Owen Sound and skated in 27 games with the Attack before being acquired by Oshawa in January in a trade deadline deal. Limited by a mid-season knee injury and some concussion problems, he played in 49 games between the two teams and was plus-nine with 2 goals and 18 assists and had 24 penalty minutes. Schemitsch skated in all six games in the Generals' playoff series with Niagara and was minus-three with 3 assists and 4 penalty minutes. He was not signed to a contract by Tampa Bay prior to the 2012 NHL Draft, instead becoming an unrestricted free agent.

 

Talent Analysis

Schemitsch is a tall but thin defenseman whose strong suit is moving the puck and creating scoring opportunities for his teammates. Schemitsch does not play a gritty game and relies on angling and stick checking to defend rather than moving men off the puck or engaging opposition forwards in physical battles. Schemitsch is adept in the transition game - both in shifting from defense-to-attack and in stealing the puck and creating turnovers to prevent opposing offensive rushes.

 

Future

Unheralded prior to his first season in the OHL last year, Schemitsch established himself with his offensive play but will have to add strength and continue to develop his technical skills to eventually compete at the pro level. Long-term, he projects as a solid middle pair defenseman and potential power play quarterback. He will likely need to add a bit more combativeness to his game to reach that level.

 

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