Blake Geoffrion will have a lot to live up to.
The Nashville Predators recalled Geoffrion and another forward, Matt Halischuk, from the AHL Milwaukee Admirals on Friday. Geoffrion will become the first fourth-generation NHL player when he steps on the ice for his debut, which is expected to come Saturday night in Dallas.
Geoffrion, the Predators' second-round pick (No. 56) in the 2006 Entry Draft -- the first Tennessee native ever taken in the draft -- comes from a hockey family that includes a Hall of Fame grandfather, Bernie “Boom Boom” Geoffrion and great-grandfather, Howie Morenz (a part of the Hall of Fame’s first induction class). His father, Danny Geoffrion, was taken by Montreal with the eighth pick in the 1978 draft, and played for both Montreal and Winnipeg during his NHL career, as well as Quebec in the World Hockey Association.
Blake Geoffrion has more than just family genes going for him. He signed with the Predators last summer after winning the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s most outstanding player last spring. He was second on the Admirals in scoring with 37 points in 45 games, and earlier this month became the first AHL player in 16 years to be named League Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks.
Halischuk, 22, has 1 goal and 3 points in 11 games with Nashville this season, as well as 11 goals and 23 points in 37 games with Milwaukee. He was acquired from New Jersey last summer.