Back to School – Class of 2017: Morgan Geekie (Tri-City Americans, WHL)

Back to School – Class of 2017: Morgan Geekie (Tri-City Americans, WHL)

If you missed them, prior entries in the ‘Back to School’ series started this week include Martin Necas on Monday followed by Luke Martin on Tuesday.   Today’s entry in the ‘Back to School’ series heads north and west to check in on Morgan Geekie from the Tri-City Americanes in the Western Hockey League.   Morgan Geekie Morgan Geekie is one of the more interesting stories of the Hurricanes 2017 NHL Draft class. He was passed over in his first year eligible in the 2016 NHL Draft and then rose up all the way to the third round in the 2017 draft based on a massive scoring surge from 25 points in 66 games in 2015-16 up to 90 points in 72 games in 2016-17. Geekie is a forward who possesses the skill set of a scoring forward.   Interview with Mike Williamson, Head Coach of the Tri-City Americans About the interviewee Mike Williamson is one of the juggernauts of coaching in the WHL. He is one of just 7 coaches to ever reach the 500-win milestone in his career. He played in the WHL for the Portland Winterhawks from 1991-94 and then began his coaching career with the same team in the 1995-96 season. He served 5 years as assistant coach for the team before serving an additional 7 as their head coach. After that, he served as the Calgary Hitmen’s head coach for 5 years before coming to the Americans in 2014.   Interview on Hurricanes prospect Morgan Geekie Canes and Coffee: Morgan Geekie saw a tremendous jump in his scoring from 2015-16 to 2016-17 which boosted...
Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 3C: Forwards (#11-23)

Ranking the Carolina Hurricanes prospects — Part 3C: Forwards (#11-23)

After a brief delay from Brett Pesce’s contract extension pushed the final segment into the weekend, our tour of the entirety of the Carolina Hurricanes’ prospect pool wraps up today with the third segment on the forward group. For anyone catching up after a week away, part 1 featured the five goalie prospects, part 2 assessed the 15 defensemen in the Hurricanes organization, part 3A had the forwards ranked #1-5, and part 3B detailed the next set of forwards ranked #6-10. Today’s finale looks at the remaining forwards. I think the biggest takeaway is just how deep the team’s forward prospect pool is. The volume of players with NHL potential who did not crack the top ten is very high, and there are players here who have fairly significant upside. And now that I am assessing players ranked fairly far down the depth chart, it is important to remind everyone that success for these prospects will be determined more by how much they improve than their starting point on August 4, 2017. Somewhat like I did with the goalies and defensemen, I view the remaining forwards in reasonably defined categories with a few players who straddle a couple of them.   Trying to push up the depth chart First are three separate groups of three players each who are trying to push up the depth chart. Important to note is that all nine players have met the check boxes thus far in this development and are in this category because they have moved up, NOT because they have fallen to get here.   The long shots who earned a...
Morgan Geekie: Hurricanes 2017 third-round draft pick (#67 overall)

Morgan Geekie: Hurricanes 2017 third-round draft pick (#67 overall)

With the #67 overall pick in the third round of the 2017 NHL Draft the Carolina Hurricanes selected center Morgan Geekie from the Tri-City Americans from the Western Hockey League.   Morgan Geekie profile and history Geekie is an overage player who was eligible for but not selected in the 2016 NHL Draft. After a massive leap from 25 points in 2015-16 up to 90 points in 2016-17, he climbed up the draft rankings and earned his third-round selection by the Hurricanes. Geekie’s rapid rise makes many wonder if he is a player just hitting stride and beginning a significant upward trajectory or a player due to regress back to something closer to his 2015-16. But one thing is clear, the young center’s 2016-17 season was impressive enough that he went from off the draft radar for 2016 to being a third-round selection in 2017. Geekie’s significant improvement in 2016-17 is credited to across the board improvement in skating, offensive play and defensive play. Despite his scoring outburst, he is still a strong player defensively and in face-off circle.   Morgan Geekie reading list Clickable links to articles on Morgan Geekie In his draft profile, Marshall Mackinder from Hockey Now called Geekie one of the most underrated players available. Brandon Rivers from DUBNetwork has a great article on Geekie that includes bits and pieces from an interview quotes from Geekie. The official website of the Tri-City Americans offers a neat interview style profile of Geekie heading into the draft. Ryan Pike from The Hockey Writers wrote this profile for Geekie for the 2017 NHL Draft. Ben Kerr from Last...