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Slater Koekkoek | Defenseman

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/18/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 197

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Slater Koekkoek has been sent to the minors.
Victor Hedman is believed to be ready to return from a lower-body injury, so that's why Koekkoek was demoted. Koekkoek has no points and two penalty minutes in three games with Tampa Bay in 2014-15. Apr 8 - 3:21 PM

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Slater Koekkoek has impressed coach Jon Cooper.

"He's defending much better than I expected for this being his first two games (in the NHL)," Cooper said before Saturday's contest. "He hasn't shown jitters, shown quite a bit of confidence. Even when things haven't gone his way, he hasn't been afraid to try it again. He's done a heck of a job." The 21-year-old rookie made his NHL debut on Mar. 31 and he's appeared in three games with the Lightning. Koekkoek doesn't have any fantasy value at this time.
Apr 6 - 12:08 PM

Slater Koekkoek will make his NHL debut on Tuesday night against the team he grew up cheering for, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The former 10th overall pick Koekkoek in 2012 has produced well in his first professional season, putting up five goals and 24 point along with 40 PIMs in 66 games for AHL Syracuse. Koekkoek will pair with Luke Witkowski to create the Lightning's third defensive unit.
Source: Mike Brophy
Mar 31 - 6:36 PM

Slater Koekkoek has been summoned from the minors.

The Lightning brought him up because a lower-body injury to Victor Hedman. With Hedman questionable to play, Koekkoek could make his NHL debut against Toronto on Tuesday night.
Mar 31 - 11:49 AM

Slater Koekkoek confirmed that he's completely recovered from his shoulder surgery.

"I didn't play with any hesitation, played my game," Koekkoek said. He had 15 goals and 53 points in 62 OHL games in 2013-14.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 03:42:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek is excited to be healthy for Tampa's rookie camp.

The young defenseman has finally recovered from three shoulder injuries that required surgery and that kept him off the ice for parts of the last three seasons. When healthy Koekkoek has demonstrated considerable offensive abilities for a rearguard. In 62 games with Windsor of the OHL last season he registered 53 points. That makes Koekkoek a legitimate prospeect to us. Keep an eye on him during the Bolts' training camp to see if he can nab a spot on the team's blueline. It's a longshot we admit, but his talent warrants the look.
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 11:59:00 AM

Slater Koekkoek is taking part in non-contact drills at Tampa Bay's five-day development camp, which opened on Wednesday.

He underwent shoulder surgery in March, but expects to be ready for training camp. Koekkoek had the same procedure on his left shoulder in each of his previous two seasons, which is a little concerning.
Thu, Jul 3, 2014 11:51:00 AM

Slater Koekkoek had surgery on his separated right shoulder last Thursday.

The procedure was the same one he had performed on his left shoulder in each of his previous two seasons. Koekkoek is projected to be ready for training camp in the fall. The Lightning prospect recorded 15 goals and 53 points in 62 games prior to getting injured.
Fri, Mar 21, 2014 08:08:00 AM

Slater Koekkoek, one of the Lightning's top prospects, will miss the rest of the season due to a dislocated right shoulder that will require surgery.

He injured himself in a fight will playing for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL. Koekkoek has a history of shoulder injuries as he has been shut down the past two seasons as he has needed surgery for a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Tough break for a kid who has talent but may be too brittle to play in the NHL.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 10:12:00 AM

The Lightning are being very cautious with their 2012 first-round pick Slater Koekkoek.

He has yet to be cleared for contact after his second labrum surgery, thus he isn't participating in the team's development camp. "It's been pretty hard," Koekkoek said of the medical issues and seemingly constant rehabbing that limited him to 68 games the past two seasons. "Every day I work hard to keep the dream of playing in the NHL. That's all I think about. That's all I want and, hopefully, it can come true here soon." Koekkek projects as a top-pair defenseman and he will play in the OHL next season. The 19-year-old had 29 points there last season and the Lightning hope he is cleared for contact by training camp.
Wed, Jul 10, 2013 11:17:00 AM

Slater Koekkoek has signed a three-year, entry-level deal with Tampa Bay.

He skated in OHL 42 games this season with the Peterborough and Windsor prior to requiring a second surgical procedure on the same shoulder he injured last year. Koekkoek was selected by Tampa in the first round, 10th overall, of the 2012 draft.
Wed, Mar 20, 2013 06:22:00 PM

Tampa Bay prospect Slater Koekkoek will require a second shoulder surgery that will keep him on the shelf for four to six months.

Koekkoek had the same surgery on the same shoulder last season. "The first procedure he had, it failed, so he needs to have it redone," said Lightning GM Steve Yzerman. He generated six goals and 28 points in 40 games with Peterborough this season prior to being traded to Windsor, where he had one assist in two contests.
Tue, Jan 22, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Slater Koekkoek contributed an assist in Peterborough's 3-0 win against Belleville on Thursday night.

Koekkoek is the team's second-leading scorer this season with 28 points in 39 games. The Petes have endured a tough year, which has a great deal to do with him sporting a horrid minus-25 rating.
Thu, Jan 3, 2013 09:38:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek scored a goal on Sunday, yet Peterborough lost to Barrie 4-1 anyway.

The defenseman (and 10th pick of the 2012 draft) has five tallies and 25 points in 35 games so far this season, although his -22 rating is a drawback. Still, the Tampa Bay Lightning must at least be pleased with his offensive production.
Sun, Dec 16, 2012 04:37:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek notched a goal and a helper for Peterborough in the team's 5-2 win over the Ottawa 67's on Thursday night.

Koekkoek was limited to just 26 games last season because of a shoulder injury, but in 22 contests this year he has 18 points from the back end. The Tampa Bay Lightning chose him with the 10th overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Thu, Nov 15, 2012 09:35:00 PM

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