Morgan Geekie 2020-21 Season By The Numbers
- Age: 23
- NHL Seasons: 1
- Scoring: 3 goals, 6 assists, 9 points in 36 games
- Advanced Numbers: 54.24 CF%, 51.48 SCF%, 50.46 xGF%, 52.38 GF%
- Average TOI: 8:37 ES, 1:04 PP, 0:06 SH
- Contract Status: Signed one-year, two-way $750,000 contract but was selected by the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 Expansion Draft
Since Morgan Geekie was selected by the Seattle Kraken in the 2021 Expansion Draft, this may be the last time we can make this joke, so please bear with me people.
So the 2020-21 season was a far cry from Geekie’s 2019-20 campaign where he set the all time NHL record for points per game, huh?
I’ll miss that joke which I have personally used about 10 different times on this site alone.
Jokes aside, Geekie seemed ready to take another step forward in his development with the Carolina Hurricanes and by all accounts he did that.
Coming into the season, it didn’t seem as if Geekie was going to have a spot on the team’s starting roster and so he started the year on the team’s taxi squad.
He got in a few games here and there, but the playing time wasn’t steady enough, so he got sent down for a stint in the AHL to get some playing time where he promptly scored four goals, had five points and got into a fight in just two games.
He was quickly called back up after that.
But it wasn’t until mid-March that Geekie managed to carve out a solid chunk of playing time thanks in part to a plethora of injury issues throughout Carolina’s lineup.
Primarily playing on the fourth line with a rotating cast of Steven Lorentz and Max McCormick or Cedric Paquette, Geekie was the highest scoring out of all of his linemates and along with that, all nine of his points were primary.
Geekie also got time on the second power play unit where he did manage to find the back of the net twice on the man-advantage, albeit both in the same game.
Welcome back to the NHL, Morgan Geekie!— Canes Country (@CanesCountry) March 12, 2021
Geekie with an excellent tip on the power play to give the Hurricanes a 1-0 lead over the Predators. pic.twitter.com/05fxnzYWT7
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ pic.twitter.com/H04f0QPCXY— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) March 12, 2021
While his play driving hadn’t really translated at the NHL level, he still managed to control a positive impact in chance generation.
Geekie still needs work in his overall defensive game, but he did manage to hold his own — although in a shielded role.
Even despite a lack of real playing time and more offensively gifted linemates, he did showcase pretty promising offensive talent because where Geekie really saw the most growth in his game was with his playmaking ability.
As the season progressed and as he got more comfortable at the NHL level, he was able to make more high-end passes and plays while under pressure.
Steven Szn pic.twitter.com/hsWmdgA7jc— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) April 21, 2021
Took it to the Max pic.twitter.com/60pcbcetDI— Carolina Hurricanes (@Canes) April 27, 2021
Geekie almost attempts a lacrosse goal, but adjusts and sends Nino the puck to get the Canes on the board pic.twitter.com/2OKPW3tu2L— Shayna (@hayyyshayyy) May 5, 2021
Morgan Geekie's pass— Michael Smith (@MichaelSmithNC) April 28, 2021
Anton Khudobin's save pic.twitter.com/REKO1BXjy9
The ability to read the ice and make plays in tight with split-second decisions is a pretty good talent to have, but if Geekie wants to take that next step, he’ll need to be able to put those flashes together more often.
Geekie still has a ways to go to fully cement himself as a regular NHLer — particularly in his play away from the puck and his overall pace of play — but he has NHL size and the offensive acumen to be successful.
The Seattle Kraken, but more accurately, Ron Francis — the GM who originally drafted Geekie — still see that potential in him and perhaps will be able to give him the opportunity to really progress his game.
Geekie had some good moments in Carolina and if he should be remembered for one thing, it’s that you can’t out pizza the hut.
Words of wisdom from Morgan Geekie pic.twitter.com/CWsG42J4ax— Michael Smith (@MichaelSmithNC) April 29, 2021
How would you grade Morgan Geekie’s 2020-21 season?
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A - Outstanding Performance
B - Above Average Performance
C - Average Performance
D - Below Average Performance
F - Significantly Below Average Performance