Genoway named No. 2 star in NHL debut

Chay Genoway made his NHL debut on Saturday night for the Wild and it was a pretty good one.

Genoway notched his first-career point — an assist on Minnesota’s only goal — and played 18:16 for the Wild.

At the start of the game, Wild coach Mike Yeo spotted Genoway shifts, but significantly increased his ice time as the game went along, even giving him power-play and penalty-kill shifts. Genoway played 3:23 in the first, 7:31 in the second and 7:22 in the third.

Genoway looked more and more comfortable as the game went along. He broke up two odd-man rushes defensively — one nearly leading to a Devin Setoguchi goal. He also drew a penalty in the third period.

Genoway had one minus shift and one plus shift, ending up even on the night. He also had one shot on goal.

On his assist, Genoway made two tremendous plays, beating a Phoenix player along the wall right before he gave the puck to Mikko Koivu.

For his efforts, he was named the No. 2 star of the game.

Genoway will now return to Houston for the remainder of the season. He’s a restricted free agent at the end of the year. Considering his strong debut, and his very good season in Houston, it would be shocking if the Wild didn’t qualify him.

We’ll see if he gets more of a shot next season. It was clear that he’s ahead of a couple of other guys the Wild have called up earlier this season.

Either way, Genoway has quite a story. If I recall correctly, Genoway did not have a single scholarship offer on the day he graduated from high school. His UND offer came when he was playing in the BCHL the next year. In the days of early recruiting, Genoway’s story is a good lesson.

8 thoughts on “Genoway named No. 2 star in NHL debut

  1. Loved watching Genoways speed, skating skill and puck handling. Do you think there is a chance of him switching to a wing position to take advantage of his skills and smaller size?

    • Brad, why do you think Chay doesn’t get a little more love from the Wild and the Minnesota dailies? Lot’s of ink on projections for next year with the Wild and no mention of Chay as a potential contributor.

      • My guess is his size. He certainly is quick and mobile and has that ability to make the first good breakout pass, but watching him against Phoenix was somewhat telling. Physically, he was outmatched against every player except Gilbert Brule. Frankly, I cannot believe how big the players are on the ice. Brule looks like a bantam out there at 5’11 and Chay is noticably smaller. I think in the grind, his size may hinder him. However, Rafalski had a great career, so maybe Chay will end up in a situation like that. I hope so.

  2. It is his size. He is probably the best “team mate” to call up but his size is killing him. That is too bad because he is the most skilled and possibly talented player the wild have that can make a difference in the game. Compare Genoway to Chara. Huge difference. Compare the two at the same size and Chara would not have a job. I like the little guys who can play the game and make a difference.

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