Predators draft a Geoffrion
This completely slipped off my radar on Saturday, but one significant pick that was made in the second round was by the Nashville Predators when they selected the grandson of Montreal Canadiens great Bernie 'Boom-Boom' Geoffrion.
The amazing thing is that Blake Geoffrion is actually a local kid, a product of the Nashville Youth Hockey League. Who knew Tennessee produced NHL-calibre prospects?
“We had been tracking Blake all year, and not just because he was from Nashville,” Fenton said. “We all knew it would be a great deal marketing-wise, but we watched his progress. He made great improvements. We liked the type of game he plays, his intensity and he had the intangibles that we look for in a Predators player. When we went to Europe in April and saw him play we were all sold on him.”Geoffrion was the Predators first pick of the draft after they'd traded the club's first-overall pick for Brendan Witt at the trade deadline. He's also the first-ever prospect to come from the Nashville area.
Predators General Manager David Poile had said for weeks he'd be interested in picking Geoffrion, who was ranked the 33rd-best North American skater by NHL Central Scouting.Is this the beginning of the sunbelt invasion? I know from watching the Western Hockey League closely that California is making strong inroads with prospects there, but I'm quite sure Geoffrion's the first prospect I can remember coming from far down in the American south.
"When we first came to Nashville, we'd always hoped that the day would come that we would be drafting a player — and players — from Nashville," Poile said.
"We are very pleased and proud to select the first player from Nashville."