Meet the Kraken: Morgan Geekie Center
In anticipation of the Seattle Kraken’s inaugural season, we at The Hockey Writers are taking a deep dive into every player. This episode focuses on center Morgan Geekie, who the Kraken selected from the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2021 NHL expansion draft.
The 23-year-old Geekie has only played 38 games in the NHL, but has shown signs of becoming, at least, a reliable center in the last six. He excels in net and scores either deflections or second chance opportunities. The 67th overall pick in the 2017 Draft has one more year on his entry-level $ 750,000 contract.
Team 2020-21: Carolina Hurricanes
2020-21 season: 36 GP, 3 G, 6 A, 9 PTS
Acquisition type: Extension draft
Geekie has the skills of a power striker. After taking a face-off, he quickly positions himself in the high lunge or closer to the net, using his 6-foot-3, 192-pound frame. His nimble handling of the stick can maneuver the puck into a comfortable shooting position, then he chooses his spot. He’s also good at circling the rebounds and deflecting the puck, confidently using his backhand. With those abilities both evenly and on the power play, I compare Geekie to Joe Pavelski of the Dallas Stars.
Here’s how he got to the NHL.
Americans from the three cities
Geekie played major junior hockey in eastern Washington with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He developed slowly at first, scoring just 25 points in his first full season. Due to his low productivity and early skating abilities, NHL clubs abandoned him in the 2016 Draft.
However, he erupted the following season in 2016-17 and ended his WHL career in 2017-18 with 65 goals and 109 assists in 140 games; he led the club for both seasons.