Friday, February 25, 2011

Where Should Blake Geoffrion Play?

Blake Geoffrion and Matt Halischuk were called up from the Milwaukee Admirals Friday following several moves by David Poile. Wade Belak was put on waivers, Alexander Sulzer was traded to Florida for a conditional 7th round pick, and Steve Sullivan was placed on injured reserve. Geoffrion will make his NHL debut against Dallas on Saturday at 1:00. Geoffrion is more of a playmaker than Halischuk is. That means the coaching staff has to put him on a line that can be successful. Sticking him on a line with Nick Spaling and Jordin Tootoo isn't going to do the trick.

You've got to figure that Mike Fisher is going to continue to be on a line with Sergei Kostitsyn and Martin Erat. So where do you put Geoffrion? I think he automatically has to be the 2nd line center. Putting Geoffrion on a line with Colin Wilson and Patric Hornqvist would give him a chance to do something. That's a line that could be productive. I think the ideal lines today would look something like this:

Kostitsyn-Fisher-Erat
Wilson-Geoffrion-Hornqvist
Halischuk-Legwand-Ward
Spaling-Smithson-Tootoo

That leaves J.P. Dumont as the scratch. I think the Wilson-Geoffrion-Hornqvist line would be interesting to watch. Wilson would be able to actually play offense, instead of being on a checking line like he's been lately. Having said that, Wilson has not been playing well lately, but this might be the move needed to help him out.

It'll be interesting to see how Geoffrion handles his NHL debut. This is as close to a must-win game as it gets for the Predators.

2 comments:

  1. I have been dreaming of the wilson-geoffrion-hornqvist line since we drafted him. I'm not expecting huge things in this season necessarily, but I hope to see some flashes of things to come. I think the lines you proposed sound great. I'm thinking if the really want JP to play (which I'm not advocating) then maybe scratch tootoo?

    In any case, those lines look great to me.

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  2. That would be who I'd scratch if I wanted Dumont to play. I think Dumont will be sitting out though. Thanks for reading @grkerber87!

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