With the NHL Draft right around the corner, we wanted to take some time and profile each American that was named on the final rankings put out by NHL Central Scouting for North American skaters.
Morgan Geekie silenced any and all critics that he may have had through his play in the 2016-17 season. Morgan was originally passed over in his first draft, the 2016 NHL Draft. However, he continued to push himself and is now ranked as the 45th best draft-eligible player in North America. The tough forward stepped up, especially in the 2nd half of the season, nearly quadrupling his point total from the previous year as well as leading the Americans in goals and total points.
How did you feel about your play this last season?
I felt good about it, of course it would have been good to have a little more playoff success however any playoff experience is good and we are definitely going to use that to our advantage next season.
What are your goals for this next season, for you personally, and for the team overall?
Next season, playoffs are always a goal, and winning a championship comes with that and I think that’s the goal for all of the guys that are on the team now and those that will join the team next year. Personally, being a third year guy next year, there is always a sense of leadership that you develop over the years of playing in the league so I think we have a good group of guys that have all been through the same things. I think if we can come together as a team we can create a good sense of leadership and realize how good of a team we can be.
What are you doing this off season to not only get ready for August (our camp and possibly NHL camp), but also what are you doing to stay focused on your goals?
Training takes up most of my time, as well as working on some on ice stuff as training camp approaches. I think the sting of our early playoff exit will keep me focused. We all knew we could have done better than we did last post season, and I think that the lingering thought of that will definitely help keep me focused through the offseason.
Every kid who grew up playing hockey dreamed of hearing their name called at the Draft. What are you feeling now that the dream is so close to possibly coming true?
It’s definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity, you don’t want to get too caught up into it and stray away from what you were doing to get you to this point, but it’s a special time for sure.
What are you going to be doing on draft day? (at your house with family, in Chicago, not watching the draft)
I will be at my house in Strathclair hanging out with my friends and family at the time of the draft.