Carrying On a Famous Name

Ryan Van Horne

2010-06-05

Blake Geoffrion

Note: Geoffrion has not been featured in three consecutive Dobber Prospect Reports and this profile is a response to a request in the prospects forum.

 

On bloodlines alone, Blake Geoffrion seems destined for greatness, but a name only catches people's eyes and a  might give a player a longer look. No NHL team is going to hand Blake Geoffrion a roster spot just because of his ancestors.

 

Even when you're the great grandson of Howie (The Stratford Streak) Morenz, the grandson of Bernie (Boom Boom) Geoffrion, and the son of a former NHLer, Daniel Geoffrion, you still need to put in the work.

 

Good on Blake Geoffrion for not eating from the silver spoon. By all accounts, he is a hard worker and he has to be because the hockey talent in the family genes is getting diluted over time. Morenz and Grandpa Geoffrion are in the Hall of Fame and while his dad was a junior star with the Cornwall Royals of the OHL and once scored 20 goals for the Winnipeg Jets, he only played 111 games in the NHL.

 

Blake Geoffrion's offense had been considered the weak part of his game until this season. In two World Junior Tournaments with Team USA, he had a grand total of two assists in 13 games. In four years with the Wisconsin Badgers, his goal totals were 2, 10, 15 and then he exploded for 28 this year. Geoffrion's specialty is going to the front of the net and getting the dirty goals. It takes courage and skill to score from there, but the fact that he converted 15 of his goals on the power play is worth noting. That total led U.S. college hockey, but is an indicator of opportunity as much as ability — especially for a senior.

 

Geoffrion won the Hobey Baker award this past year as U.S. college hockey's top player and after he won it, he provided this quote to The Canadian Press:

 

"My family’s pretty much natural goal scorers … I have 28 goals this year, but they’re not necessarily the prettiest goals … I’m a little different player."

 

Geoffrion will likely never be a big scorer in the NHL, but could produce if he's put with the right linemates. He's smart and aggressive and was a workhorse for Badgers coach Mike Eaves.

 

“He’s our top faceoff guy — maybe the best in the country,” Eaves told NHL.com after Geoffrion won the Hobey Baker. "Blake’s the first guy to kill penalties; uses his body to block shots. On the power play, he’s our post guy – the guy in front of the net. He has a real good feel for that."

 

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