Slater Koekkoek

by olafson1393 on March 27, 2017

Slater Koekkoek - Photo Courtesy of Yahoo Sports

Slater Koekkoek, D

Shoots: L

Height: 6-2

Weight: 197

Born: 1994-02-18

Hometown: Mountain, Ontario

Drafted: 2012 by Tampa Bay Lightning, 10th Overall







March 2017 - The combination of strong auditions from his peers, as well as sub-par auditions himself have served to slowly push Koekkoek down the Lightning's defense depth chart over the course of the last year. In a 29-game NHL stint that came to an end in January he failed to solidify his spot, opening the doors for the Lightning to cycle through other options, like Jake Dochin who's stronger performance has been bad news for Koekkoek. The competition isn't going to slow down with Libor Hajek also coming into the fold in Syracuse. Because of his insignificant offensive output combined with a disappointing progression for his pedigree, don't expect him to be fantasy relevant in the Lightning system any time soon. Brayden Olafson.

May 2016- Slater Koekkoek focused more on his defensive play this year with the Syracuse Crunch. His second season in the AHL, Koekkoek is a beautiful skater with skill at both ends of the ice which has earned his 12 games at the NHL level, as well as some postseason games. Koekkoek passes the puck well which can lead to great offensive zone setup and defensive zone breakouts. – Max Marko

October 2014 - After attending Tampa Bay's training camp, Koekkoek was assigned to Syracuse(AHL) where he's expected to play big minutes as a rookie pro. Randall Buschmann


May 2014 - Slater Koekkoek was named to the OHL's 1st All-Star Team joining Scott Laughton, Dane Fox, Connor Brown, Aaron Ekblad and Alex Nedeljkovic. Koekkoek had an outstanding season in Windsor but unfortunately, the two-way defender suffered a shoulder injury for the third straight season. Without the constant injuries, Koekkoek would likely be headed to the AHL to gain professional experience but because of his health and loss time, he could return back to Windsor for the 2014-15 season. Stay tuned. Brendan Ross


February 2014 - Koekkoek has emerged as one of the Ontario Hockey League's best defencemen and has been healthy all season. Koekkoek currently ranks third on Windsor in points and third in the league in points among all defencemen. He leads the entire league with a dazzling +40 plus/minus rating and is the only member of his team among the top 10 of the category. Most recently, he's recorded 16 points in the last 17 games which has helped him establish a career high. Expect Koekkoek to earn several accolades in the annual OHL coach's poll to be released sometime next month. Koekkoek placed just outside the top 10 in Dobber Prospect's ranking of the top 10 Tampa Bay prospects and could find his way on the list soon as he begins his professional career next season, likely in Syracuse. Randall Buschmann


November 2013 - Koekkoek entered his fourth (and final) season in the OHL with high expectations on a new team, the Windsor Spitfires. To date the often-injured defenseman has been healthy and through 17 games, not only leads Windsor in scoring among defensemen but also ranks 10th in the league at his position with four goals and 14 points. Koekkoek has the highest plus-minus rating on his team, sitting at plus-15 on the year, which ranks 8th in the OHL. Koekkoek is expected to be a key contributor for Team OHL at the upcoming Subway Super Series against Russia and then Team Canada at the World Junior Championships. Randy Buschmann


June 2013 - Koekkoek has developed a reputation as a band-aid boy already and hasn't even started his professional hockey career yet. Over the past two seasons, the recently turned 19 year old defenseman played only 68 games due to shoulder injuries. He finished the 2012-13 season with six goals, 28 points and a minus-28 rating in 40 games. It should be noted Koekkoek played top pairing minutes in all situations as the captain for Peterborough, one of the worst teams in the OHL last season. Koekkoek reportedly asked to be traded and his wish was granted as he'll play for Windsor next season, which will be his fourth season in the OHL. Tampa Bay signed Koekkoek to a three year entry-level contract in March, however, it's hard to imagine Koekkoek will be NHL-ready anytime soon due to the amount of games he's missed. He'll need to get stronger and stay healthy. If he can do both of those things his stock should skyrocket. Randy Buschmann


October 2012 - Slater Koekkoek was named to the 2012 Subway Super Series Team OHL Roster slated to compete in a six-game series versus the Russian National Junior Team in November. Brendan Ross


June 2012 - Stevie Yzerman makes a shrewd pick selected Slater Koekkoek 10th overall. Very high character and he owns some intriguing upside. Brendan Ross


March 2012 – In addition to having the coolest name among 2012 draft eligible prospects, the Peterborugh Petes’ Slater Koekkoek is a fantastic skater who possesses a hard, accurate shot and isn’t afraid to mix it up. Once touted as a top 10 pick, Koekkoek has slipped down mock draft boards due to a shoulder injury that forced him to miss half of the 2011-12 season. Still fairly lanky, the 18-year-old rearguard will play another OHL season or two, bulking up and working on his defensive zone play to prepare for the rigors of pro hockey. John Canario


Fantasy Outlook: B

His puck-moving prowess and quick release could translate to offensive success at the NHL level.



Slater Koekkoek’s first OHL goal



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