Related: Isaac Howard
Conor Geekie is a high-end offensive talent with great size at 6’4/205, and can beat opponents with his hands, vision, or shooting ability. He needs to clean up his skating stride and add some pace to his game but has potential as an impactful offensive weapon in the NHL. Geekie has the complete package and has the talent to be a top 10 pick in the 2022 Draft.
Skating Below Average
Physical Play Great
Offensive Play Great
Defensive Play Average
Hockey Sense Great
- Big Center, with great hands, vision, and puckhandling ability.
- Versatile player; can play as either a 1st line pivot or a checking line center.
- Has a powerful shot, which he can release very quickly.
Areas of Improvement
- Has average speed, and his skating needs to be cleaned up.
- Can lack aggression at times.
Conor Geekie was one of Winnipeg’s top offensive performers in 2020-21; in 24 games last season, he scored 9 goals and 23 points, while playing just over 15 minutes per game. So far this season, Geekie has tallied 8 points in 9 games with the Winnipeg Ice, and is an integral part of the Ice’s offensive attack. Geekie is a supremely gifted offensive player who is blessed with great physical tools, standing at 6-4 and weighing 205 pounds. His strength and wingspan often allow him to simply overmatch opponents at the junior level and he has plenty of skill to make good on his opportunities. The towering forward has elite hands, especially for his size, and can make opposing defenders look silly in one-on-one situations. Geekie has a powerful wrist shot that he can release off of curl and drag dekes but can also get it off of his stick quickly in tight. He uses his puck skills to manipulate passing lanes, changing angles and completing area passes. His strength and reach are useful in contested puck situations along the boards where he is often able to keep opponents on his back to come away with possession. Geekie shows good competitiveness as well, throwing his weight around on the forecheck and battling in the tough areas of the ice. The one thing that is holding Geekie back is his clunky skating stride. He has poor extension and an inefficient stride recovery, and though he is able to power around defenders in junior, he will need to improve his explosiveness and agility to take full advantage of his offensive skillset as he progresses. Conor Geekie is comparable to Anze Kopitar when he was entering the entering the NHL. All in all, there is a lot to like about Geekie’s game and his size/skill combination will draw plenty of interest early in the 2022 NHL Draft.
Skill: High-end talent, with great size, hands, vision, and shoot ability
NHL Comparison: Anze Kopitar
NHL Potential: 1st/2nd line Center