Platt's fight to the top
Strangely enough, the Columbus Dispatch has been one of the most prolific U.S. newspapers when it comes to hometown coverage throughout the summer, as I've seen at least one Blue Jackets story every day the past few weeks. That's pretty impressive.
Today's edition has a nice runthrough on a skater I hadn't heard a lot about, Geoff Platt, who went undrafted and was battling just for a spot in the ECHL after a pretty successful junior career. The reason? Well, he's 5 foot 9, which has historically been code for 'undraftable' — even if the kid had 45 goals in his last year of junior hockey.
Platt went on to light up the AHL last year with the Blue Jackets' affiliate, scoring 30 goals in 66 games and earning a short promotion to the big leagues:
A year ago, Platt celebrated his 20 th birthday. His junior career was over, and he had few prospects in the professional ranks. The forward found his way to London, Ontario, to make a pitch to Don McAdam, co-owner/ coach of the Dayton Bombers, the Blue Jackets’ ECHL affiliate.I've always found it ridiculous when players go undrafted because of their height, especially guys like Platt and Martin St. Louis. Even phenomenal talents like Mike Cammalleri fell deep into the second round, despite the fact he's going to be a perennial 30-goal scorer in the NHL.
Platt sat on McAdam’s livingroom couch and made a plea.
"He wanted the opportunity to get to the American (Hockey) League, and that’s the only kind of player attitude we want," McAdam said.
I think that's something that's going to finally change, and it's about time.