A Saturday Night for Firsts
(3/11/12) It was a night for rookie firsts on Saturday. Starting out west, Blake Geoffrion scored his first goal of the season and his first goal as a Montreal Canadien, in the Habs' 4-1 shellacking of the Vancouver Canucks. Whereas he showed great promise with the Predators last season - even recording a hat trick - this year he's played more games, but just can't get on track. We don't expect much out of Geoffrion down the stretch, but we are still following his development and foresee 2012-13 as the season when he finally solidifies his presence in the NHL. (We said "solidifies," not "explodes.")
Former Calgary Hitman and current Phoenix Coyote, Michael Stone scored the first goal of his career. He also added an assist and now has 3 points in his last 2 games after going the first 6 games of his call-up with nary a point. In 51 games for the Portland Pirates this season (AHL) he had 9 goals and 22 points. We are definitely in a holding pattern with Stone. Even in juniors he never hit the 1.0 point/game mark, so we don't foresee a massive offensive future here.
Finally, Buffalo's rookie forward Marcus Foligno (of the NHL's multi-generational Foligno clan) scored the first goal of his career in only his second game. It came against his brother Nick in Ottawa, and served to tie the game up, which the Sabres went on to win in the shootout. In 55 games in Rochester (AHL), Marcus has 14 goals and 33 points. Sounds like Foligno-esque numbers to us and, when compared to brother (and current NHL grinder) Nick's pre-NHL numbers, we don't see a big offensive career on the horizon for Marcus.