This is the 14th post in my three paragraph player reviews series. You can read what I’ve previously had to say about Eric Neilson (who has been re-signed!), Cedric Paquette, and Mike Angelidis by visiting those links, as I won’t be doing any of these “reviews” for them.
Previous players reviewed in this series:
Adam Erne | Artem Sergeev | Brett Connolly | Dmitry Korobov | Henri Ikonen | Joel Vermin | Jonathan Marchessault | Luke Witkowski | Nikita Nesterov | Tanner Richard | Vladislav Namestnikov | Yanni Gourde | Dalton Smith | Drew Olson | Evan Rankin
I don’t really know where to begin with Geoff Walker. He just never really seemed happy here.
Walker played 43 games in a Crunch jersey. The forward was signed in the off season as a locker room leader and a grinder. He was supposed to be a guy who could use his size to his advantage while also displaying some playmaking and scoring ability. He once netted 44 points with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a season, and had 9 total Calder Cup playoff points with the Pens over two seasons.
But in Syracuse he seemed oddly out of place and very, very quiet. He managed only 8 points during his stay with the Crunch, and his -14 +/- stat was one of the worst on the team (and a career low). He played injured for most of the season (neck), and his stats certainly showed the disparity between this season and his healthy seasons.
He was demoted to the ECHL at the very end of the year, a move that was supposedly made to help out the Everblades in their playoff push. Given Walker’s age (26), the move seemed more than a little odd. However, he did well there, posting six goals and three assists in six games. The move cleared space for Tampa’s prospects in Syracuse, and to many it seemed like a very telling one.
So, it wasn’t really a surprise when it was announced today that Walker will not be offered another chance with the Lightning organization. We wish him better luck in the future!