If there’s anything that Strathclair, Manitoba native Morgan Geekie can do, and do well, it’s scoring goals.
Through eight playoff games with the Tri-City Americans, Geekie has 15 goals and 24 points. Yes, you read that correctly. He has played in just eight games, while producing at a three-point-per-game clip.
After being named March’s Western Hockey League Player of the Month, Geekie carried his stellar play into the postseason, picking up multi-goal efforts in nearly every game for the Americans thus far.
Following a first round sweep of the Kelowna Rockets, the Tri-City Americans also took care of the Victoria Royals in four games in the WHL’s second round of playoffs. The third round will feature a matchup with the Everett Silvertips, beginning Friday in Washington.
It’s not like Geekie’s first round performance should come as a shock to his peers, as the 19-year-old offensive centerman put together an even 30 goals and 84 points in a full season of play this past year (68 games).
Putting up 15 goals in eight games is nearly unheard of. The last Americans player to come close was former Calgary Flame Daymond Langkow – yes, it’s been a while.
As a matter of fact, the former Yellowhead Chief has already scribbled his name into the Tri-City record books with his 2018 playoff performance. The previous goal scoring record – set by Langkow in 1996 – stood at 14 goals in 11 games played.
Selected by the Carolina Hurricanes 67th overall at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft – six places before the ‘Canes responded by selecting yet another Manitoban, Stelio Mattheos at 73 – Geekie has proven his point production throughout his WHL career.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound centre has averaged nearly a point-per-game with 202 points in 216 regular season WHL games – all with the Americans. In March, Geekie put up nearly 30 points in 14 games (16 goals, 13 assists).
Geekie joins Winnipeg’s Cody Glass as the only other Manitoban to win the WHL Player of the Month Award this season.
By Carter Brooks
Photo provided by the Tri-City Americans