Patrick Geering
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Patrick Geering

Hometown:

Zurich Switzerland

Currently Playing In:

Europe

Birthday:

1990-02-12

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Eligible for the 2010 NHL Draft

Weight:

185 lbs.

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History

2006-07: A product of the renowned GCK Lions youth system, Geering has been considered the best of his generation 1990-born for quite some time within the organization. The defenseman finished his junior career at the age of 17 posting 11 points in 35 games back in 2007.  During that year he also made his pro-debut. In four games, Geering recorded a single assist.

2007-08: Last season he became a full-time member of the GCK Lions squad that is playing in the second Swiss league (NationalLiga B). He successfully made the jump from junior to pro notching a pair of goals and 13 assists for 15 points in 35 games. In the post season he added one goal from three games. Initially he started playing on the third line however as the season progressed he moved up to second and eventually first line action.  Next to his solid debut season, Geering also played at the U18 World Championships. With three goals and two assists, the young player stood out on this level. Less fortunate he was at the U20 championships where he was a member of a relegating Swiss squad. Despite playing a decent tournament for an underaged player, Geering was pointless in all six games.

2008-09: Played for ZSC at the NLA level.  In 47 games, Geering picked up 5 assists.  Played for Switzerland at the U-20 WJC (Division 1), picking up no points in 4 games.  Passed over in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

2009-10: Played for ZSC at the NLA level.  In 43 games, Geering picked up 6 assists.  He played for Switzerland at the U-20 World Junior Championships, registering 5 assists in 7 games.
 

Talent Analysis

Geering is a solid player in all aspects of the game. However in no area does he really stand out. The young Swiss defenseman shows no lack of effort and does not give up easily. He makes few mistakes and turnovers for a player of his age. Geering does not possess top notch skills but his overall consistent play has made him one of the most talented draft eligible defensemen in Switzerland.

Future

He is destined to have a long and good career back home in the Swiss NationalLiga A. It is also not unlikely to see him dress for the national men's team eventually. Nevertheless it’s vital for him to keep working on his game on a permanent basis. With room for improvement in nearly every area of the game, but with his strong will this shouldn’t be considered a problem though. The potential is there but Geering is considered a long shot to have an NHL career.