After weeks of anticipation and rampant speculation about how GM Steve Yzerman and his staff–adamant heading into tonight they were committed to taking the best player possible–would decide to use the Lightning’s first pick in the 2012 Draft, the discussion now shifts. Meet the newest addition to the Lightning’s stable of promising young prospects:

D Slater Koekkoek

Profile

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Height, Weight

6’2″, 185

Born

2/18/1994 in Mountain, ON

Drafted

10th Overall in 2012 by

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2008-2009 Notre Dame Hounds Bantam AAASSMHL47 20 3959 40|        
  Notre Dame Hounds Midget AAASMHL5 0 11 2|        
 2009-2010 Notre Dame Hounds Midget AAASMHL44 16 2743 91|Playoffs13 3 47
  Notre Dame Hounds Midget AAATelus Cup7 4 37 22|        
 2010-2011 Peterborough PetesOHL65 7 1623 67|        
  Canada Ontario U17WHC-175 1 23 8|        
  Canada U18WJC-187 1 12 2|        
 2011-2012 Peterborough PetesOHL26 5 1318 17|        
  Canada U18Hlinka Memorial5 0 55 0|        
 2012-2013 Peterborough PetesOHL40 6 2228 28|        
  Windsor SpitfiresOHL2 0 11 0|        
 2013-2014 Windsor SpitfiresOHL62 15 3853 51|        
  OHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 0 00 0|        
 2014-2015 Syracuse CrunchAHL6 0 11 2|        

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Given that I’m holding my own private ‘draft party’ with a couple close friends, Greg Hall, Dan Kowalski and Joe Zammataro, I thought I’d share are our initial thoughts:

Mike “Koekkoek seems like a reach at #10 so you’d think that, for all the talk of getting the BPA, the Bolts brass was dead-set on nabbing a D prospect and the run on D in the top-10 spoiled getting somebody they coveted much more.”
Dan “No comment. Gotta keep my day job.”
Greg “If Yzerman said he was going to go with BPA, he should have gone with Forsberg. I would have rathered Maatta, honestly.”
Joe “Not a bad pick, but if he was the target, at that point, I thought we should have traded down.”

With the first round still ongoing and the Lightning with another selection to make, a recap and further analysis of the Lightning’s activity in the first round will have to wait until tomorrow.

Written by Michael Gallimore

Michael was born, raised and still lives in the Tampa area. His coverage of the Tampa Bay Lightning, the NHL and hockey in general appears at Bolt Statistics (which he founded) and Bolt Prospects (as a staff writer). His analysis and opinions have also been featured at Raw Charge and as part of a “Blogger Roundtable” on the Lightning’s official site.

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