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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 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. Sep 18 - 5:09 PM

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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.
Aug 1 - 1:01 PM

Slater Koekkoek has agreed to a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Koekkoek was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract. He had four assists in 29 games with Tampa Bay last season. He also scored two goals and 13 points in 48 AHL contests.
Jul 3 - 6:05 PM

Slater Koekkoek is back with Syracuse of the AHL.

He was called up on an emergency basis but was not needed and scratched Friday night. Koekkoek will be back the next time a Tampa defenseman sustains an injury.
Mar 26 - 11:30 AM

Slater Koekkoek will be a healthy scratch in Friday's game against the Detroit Red Wings.

Koekkoek was recalled on an emergency basis earlier today, but he won't suit up tonight. Steven Stamkos, Tyler Johnson and Cedric Paquette are all out with injuries.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 24 - 7:35 PM

Slater Koekkoek has been summoned by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Koekkoek's promotion is likely in response to Jason Garrison suffering a lower-body injury on Thursday. This doesn't necessarily mean that Garrison is unavailable, but at the least the Lightning now have an insurance policy.
Source: NHL.com
Mar 24 - 11:10 AM

Slater Koekkoek has been sent back to AHL Syracuse.

In 29 games this season, Koekkoek has contributed four assists. He hasn't posted a point since Nov. 23.
Jan 10 - 4:57 PM

Slater Koekkoek has been called up by Tampa Bay.

The 22-year-old defender has four assists in 17 games with the Lightning this season.
Mon, Dec 12, 2016 05:31:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek will report to AHL Syracuse.

Koekkoek has four assists in 17 games with Tampa Bay this season. He also has two helpers in five AHL contests.
Source: NHL.com
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 01:11:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek made his season debut Tuesday night versus the New York Islanders.

He collected two assists and a plus-2 rating in 13:12 of ice time. "It's encouraging," Koekkoek said. "I've worked hard for it, and am thankful for the opportunity." He spent the first three games of the regular season in the press box as a healthy scratch before going to the minors for some playing time.
Wed, Nov 2, 2016 10:46:00 AM

Slater Koekkoek has been called up by the Lightning.

He was scratched in Tampa Bay's first three games of the season and he has recorded two assists in five games at the AHL level.
Mon, Oct 31, 2016 05:56:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek has been assigned to AHL Syracuse.

He was a healthy scratch in three straight games to start the season and Tampa Bay isn't interested in changing the lineup after going 3-0-0 over that span. Koekkoek will get some playing time in the minors rather than sitting any longer. He will probably be back in the NHL eventually, though.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 05:57:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the Florida Panthers.

It will be his third straight game in the press box. Koekkoek was drafted 10th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The 22-year-old had one assist in nine games with the Bolts last season.
Tue, Oct 18, 2016 07:26:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek will be scratched against the Devils on Saturday night.

Koekkoek has yet to make his season debut in 2016-17. He has just 22 games of NHL action, 10 of which came in last season's playoffs.
Source: Corey Long
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 05:09:00 PM

Slater Koekkoek will be scratched in Thursday's opener against Detroit.

Koekkoek has seen just 22 games of NHL action, 10 of which came in last season's playoffs. He has just two helpers in the time, but he posted 15 points in 60 games for AHL Syracuse last season as well, suggesting he has the ability to produce in the future.
Source: Corey Long
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 06:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steven Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Cedric Paquette
4Yanni Gourde
5Anthony Cirelli
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Vladislav Namestnikov
4Chris Kunitz
5Cory Conacher
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Brayden Point
3Ryan Callahan
4J.T. Brown
5Erik Condra
6Gabriel Dumont
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Braydon Coburn
4Jake Dotchin
5Dan Girardi
6Andrej Sustr
7Slater Koekkoek
8Jamie McBain
9Mikhail Sergachev
G1Andrei Vasilevskiy
2Peter Budaj