The Carolina Hurricanes officially added more offensive skill to their organization Thursday, signing Tri-City Americans forward Morgan Geekie to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Geekie’s signing comes within weeks of him playing a leading role in helping the Americans reach the Western Conference Championship where they fell in six games to the Everett Silvertips. He was drafted by the Hurricanes in the third round, 67th overall, of the 2017 NHL Draft.
This season, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound product of Strathclair, Man. recorded 84 points (30G-54A) in 68 games, including eight power-play goals and six game-winning goals. In the 2018 WHL Playoffs, Geekie recorded 27 points (17G-10A) in 14 games. He had five power-play goals and four game-winning goals. His playoff performance featured five multi-goal performances and seven multi-point games overall.
“Morgan is a big, skilled center who has shown progress throughout his junior career with Tri-City,” said Hurricanes President and General Manager Don Waddell in a release issued by the team. “He is ready to start his professional career and we look forward to continuing to track his development.”
Despite his team’s elimination from the post-season, Geekie still leads all players in goals and is tied for fourth in WHL Playoffs scoring. He was named the WHL Player of the Month for March.
Geekie was selected by the Americans in the fifth round, 90th overall, of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. The 19-year-old has 202 points (78G-124A) in 216 career WHL regular season games. His 78 goals have included 24 power-play goals and 13 game-winning goals.