Hockey Badgers In The Pros Update

Tom Gilbert Traded To Minnesota

NHL trade deadline day was a bust for most fans of the league in terms of the number of deals that got done, but one of the more major deals that was agreed upon involved former Badger Tom Gilbert.

The Bloomington, Minnesota native was traded from Edmonton to his hometown Minnesota Wild for Nick Schultz.

Gilbert, who scored the game winning goal in the 2006 national championship game for the Badgers is a much needed addition to the lifeless Wild blue-line.

Gilbert is a top pairing defenseman who has 17 points in 47 games this season for the Oilers and has recorded at least 25 points in every full seasons he's played in his NHL career.

Since Minnesota traded Brent Burns this summer to San Jose, the Wild have been looking for consistent puck moving defensemen. Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is banking on Gilbert filling that role.

Blake Geoffrion Recalled By Montreal

One thing that slipped under the radar of some on deadline day was former Badger Blake Geoffrion being recalled by the Montreal Canadiens.

Geoffrion, who was traded to Montreal from Nashville a week and a half ago for Hal Gill will make his debut for the Canadiens Tuesday night.

The 2010 Hobey Baker award winner will become a fourth generation Canadien when he steps on the ice tomorrow night. Blake's father Dan Geoffrion, his grandfather 'Boom Boom' Geoffrion, and great-grandfather Howie Morenz all wore the Hab's sweater during their careers.

In an homage to his grandfather who wore number five, and his great grandfather who wore number seven, Geoffrion will wear #57 for Montreal.

Both grandparent's that Blake is honoring are members of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and have their respective jersey numbers hanging from the rafters at the Bell Center in Montreal.

No pressure kid.

Brendan Smith Back With The Red Wings

One of Geoffrion's teammates from that 2010 Frozen Four Club has been called up by the Red Wings.

Detroit officially recalled Brendan Smith on Monday after trading Mike Commodore to make room for the second year pro on the Wings roster.

Smith has spent the majority of his pro career playing for Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League. Smith has notched 37 points in 47 games for the Griffins this season.

The Ontario native was called up earlier this season by Detroit, and played three games on a west coast road trip. Smith notched two assists during his first stint in the NHL.

When talking about Smith on Monday, Detroit head coach Mike Babcock joked with the local media noting that if the coaching staff had it their way, Smith would have been up with the Wings long ago. Babcock insinuated that it was the choice of GM Ken Holland to keep Smith in Grand Rapids for more seasoning.

**Updated 2/27/12 3:00 PM

Badgers in the NHL Stats
Player
Team
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Rene Bourque
Calgary Flames/Montreal Canadiens
57
17
5
22
Adam Burish
Dallas Stars
46
6
9
15
Jake Dowell
Dallas Stars
43
1
4
5
Davis Drewiske
Los Angeles Kings
9
2
0
2
Jake Gardiner
Toronto Maple Leafs
55
4
15
19
Blake Geoffrion
Nashville Predators/Montreal Canadiens
22
0
3
3
Tom Gilbert
Edmonton Oilers/Minnesota Wild
47
3
14
17
Dany Heatley
Minnesota Wild
62
19
26
45
Andrew Joudrey**
Columbus Blue Jackets
1
0
0
0
Jamie McBain
Carolina Hurricanes
56
6
16
22
Ryan McDonagh
New York Rangers
60
6
17
23
Joe Pavelski
San Jose Sharks
61
23
25
48
Joe Piskula **
Calgary Flames
5
0
0
0
Jack Skille
Florida Panthers
40
3
4
7
Brendan Smith
Detroit Red Wings
3
0
2
2
Craig Smith
Nashville Predators
60
11
20
31
Derek Stepan
New York Rangers
60
13
26
39
Ryan Suter
Nashville Predators
59
7
30
37
Kyle Turris
Phoenix Coyotes/Ottawa Senators
37
6
11
17
Brad Winchester
San Jose Sharks
60
6
4
10
"He's going to be out through Christmas at the minimum,'' Dineen said. "He's a big loss for us. He had

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"He's going to be out through Christmas at the minimum,'' Dineen said. "He's a big loss for us. He had

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"He's going to be out through Christmas at the minimum,'' Dineen said. "He's a big loss for us. He had

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"He's going to be out through Christmas at the minimum,'' Dineen said. "He's a big loss for us. He had

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"He's going to be out through Christmas at the minimum,'' Dineen said. "He's a big loss for us. He had

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/flapanthers/2011/12/jack-skille-injures-shoulder-out-indefinitely-flapanthers-welcome-greg-rallo-30-year-old-to-make-deb.html#storylink=cpy
Badgers in the NHL Stats (Goalie)
Player
Team
Games
GAA
Save %
SO
Brian Elliott
St. Louis Blues
30 (20-7-2)
1.65
.937
6
Badgers in the AHL
Player
Team
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Andy Bohmbach**
Adirondack
10
0
1
1
Michael Davies
Chicago
39
9
7
16
Sean Dolan
Charlotte
21
4
3
7
Josh Engel
Toronto
48
3
4
7
Brian Fahey
Rockford
56
3
14
17
Matt Ford
Hershey/Adirondack
49
16
19
35
Blake Geoffrion**
Milwaukee/Hamilton
25
4
13
17
Cody Goloubef
Springfield
32
0
10
10
Andrew Joudrey
Springfield
53
8
9
17
John Mitchell
Syracuse
35
5
7
12
Joe Piskula
Abbotsford
40
1
7
8
Steven Reinprecht
Chicago
39
9
22
31
Brendan Smith**
Grand Rapids
47
10
22
32
Ben Street
Wilkes-Barre Scranton
53
18
22
40
Badgers in the ECHL Stats
Player
Team
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Aaron Bendickson**
Gwinnett
10
1
6
4
Andy Bohmbach
Trenton
41
20
27
47
Andy Brandt
Gwinnett
57
11
21
32
Sean Dolan**
South Carolina
32
7
13
20
Patrick Johnson** (Retired)
Wheeling
24
6
11
17
Podge Turnbull
Utah/South Carolina
19
1
4
5
Badgers in Europe Stats
Player
Team
Games
Goals
Assists
Points
Dan Bjornlie
Vienna
50
8
25
33
Robbie Earl
Salzburg EC
49
25
30
55
Mark Heatley
Bietigheim-Bissingen SC
43
15
14
29
Kyle Klubertanz
Djurgardens IF Stockholm
51
7
13
20
Alex Leavitt
HPK Hameenlinna
50
7
21
28
Jeff Likens
Ingolstadt ERC
46
10
17
27
Ryan MacMurchy
Stavanger Oilers
0
0
0
0
Jordy Murray
Rapperswil Lakers
0
0
0
0
Niki Siren
Rapperswil-Jona
0
0
0
0
Andy Wozniewski
Zug
0
0
0
0
Badgers in Europe Stats (Goalie)
Player
Team
Games
GAA
Save %
SO
Bernd Bruckler
Novosibirsk Siber
40 (9-21-8)
2.56
.913
2

**=No longer on roster

If you see that I'm missing anyone, please contact me so I can make a correction.

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