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Slater Koekkoek | Defenseman | #29

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (23) / 2/18/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 193
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (10) / TB
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Slater Koekkoek could see a spike in playing time because of the injury to Victor Hedman.
Hedman is expected to be out anywhere between three and six weeks, so someone will have to fill that void. Koekkoek is nowhere close to being the player Hedman is, but he can help replace him during his absence. "I think Slater needs ice time," GM Steve Yzerman said. "We’ve been pretty pleased with how he’s played this year. Last year, at the start of the season, we were hoping he or (Nikita Nesterov) would be able to step in that top six. Neither were quite ready to go. (Nesterov was traded early last season). But Slater is a better player than he was a year ago. His experience in (AHL) Syracuse and (its) long playoff run (the Crunch made the league final), logging big-time minutes helped him. I’m looking forward to — depending on what (Cooper) does with the lineup — see Slater play more minutes and see how he does." Koekkoek has four goals and three assists in 22 games this season. Even with an increase in playing time, he still won't carry any fantasy value. Jan 13 - 10:36 AM

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Slater Koekkoek will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Calgary Flames.

This will be his second consecutive game as a healthy scratch. He has four goals and three assists in 22 games this season. Cory Conacher will also watch the game from the press box.
Jan 11 - 7:26 PM

Slater Koekkoek will be a healthy scratch for the Tamp Bay Lightning on Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens.

Koekkoek has just six points in 20 games played this season. He'll be a healthy scratch along with J.T Brown and Andrej Sustr.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 4 - 7:34 PM

Slater Koekkoek is expected to be a healthy scratch in Saturday's game against Minnesota.

Koekkoek has three goals and three assists in 19 games this season. This will be the third time he's scratched in Tampa's last four games. Andrej Sustr will also watch the game from the press box.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 06:40:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning are going to sit Slater Koekkoek tonight against the Colorado Avalanche.

The Lightning have decided to go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. Braydon Coburn and Andrej Sustr will draw into the lineup and Slater Koekkoek and J.T. Brown will be scratched.
Sat, Dec 16, 2017 08:54:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek will be a healthy scratch in Wednesday's game against Boston.

Koekkoek has three goals and two assists in 12 games this season. The Lightning will go with 12 forwards and six defensemen in this game, so J.T. Brown will take Koekkoek's spot in the lineup.
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 06:50:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against the Dallas Stars.

He has three goals and one assist in eight games this season. Gabriel Dumont will also watch the game from the press box, while Cedric Paquette will miss the game because of an injury.
Thu, Nov 16, 2017 07:13:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek will be a healthy scratch for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the Florida Panthers on Monday night.

Koekkoek only has two goals this season and has been held pointless in his last four games. He'll take a seat for the Bolts tonight as a healthy scratch along with Andrej Sustr.
Source: NHL.com
Mon, Oct 30, 2017 07:21:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek is expected to be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against Carolina.

He played 11:15 in Tampa Bay's last game against Pittsburgh, but he had been scratched in the two previous games. Koekkoek has two goals in five games this season. Gabriel Dumont is also expected to watch the game from the press box, while Cedric Paquette is out with an injury.
Tue, Oct 24, 2017 06:37:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against Columbus.

Koekkoek has suited up in four games this season and he's found the back of the net twice. This will be his second straight game in the press box. J.T. Brown will also serve as a healthy scratch.
Source: NHL.com
Thu, Oct 19, 2017 07:07:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek potted two goals in Thursday's 5-4 win over Pittsburgh.

Koekkoek opened the scoring in the contest with his first career goal and he scored what became the game winner late in the second stanza. He made his season debut on Monday against Washington, but only logged 3:09 of ice time. Koekkoek certainly made the most of his 9:44 of action on Thursday.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 09:27:00 AM

Slater Koekkoek will probably be a healthy scratch on Saturday.

Koekkoek was also kept out of Friday's contest. It's not clear when he'll draw into the lineup for his season debut.
Sat, Oct 7, 2017 06:43:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek is projected to be a healthy scratch Friday night.

That belief was reinforced by the fact that Koekkoek wasn't on the ice for the Lightning's pregame warmups. He had four assists in 29 games with Tampa Bay in 2016-17.
Fri, Oct 6, 2017 07:15:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek believes he has "something to prove," as he looks to secure a roster spot with the Lightning this season.

"I was in Syracuse last year, that's not where I wanted to be," he said. "I thought I did that in the (AHL) playoffs, I showed that I had something to prove." Koekkoek has skated in 41 NHL contests over the last three seasons, including 29 last year. Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman doesn't mind having eight defenseman on the roster going into the season.
Mon, Sep 18, 2017 05:09:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek would have to clear waivers to be sent down to the AHL this year.

There's a good chance he will start the season with the Lightning as a result. If for whatever reason, Koekkoek doesn't fit into the team's long-term plans then he could be traded. He agreed to a one-year contract with Tampa Bay last month and will try to prove he is ready for full-time NHL action this campaign.
Tue, Aug 1, 2017 01:01:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steven Stamkos
2Brayden Point
3Tyler Johnson
4Cedric Paquette
LW1Vladislav Namestnikov
2Ondrej Palat
3Alex Killorn
4Chris Kunitz
5Cory Conacher
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Yanni Gourde
3Ryan Callahan
D1Victor Hedman
2Mikhail Sergachev
3Anton Stralman
4Jake Dotchin
5Braydon Coburn
6Dan Girardi
7Slater Koekkoek
8Andrej Sustr
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Peter Budaj
3Louis Domingue