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Get to know a draft pick — Slater Koekkoek

Jun 20, 2012, 1:17 PM EST

Slater Koekkoek

All week leading up to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in Pittsburgh, we’ll be profiling top prospects who may hear their names called Friday in the first round. Nothing too in-depth. Just enough so you know who they are and what they’re about.

Slater Koekkoek (Defense)

 Height: 6′ 2″  Weight: 184   Shoots: Left

 Team: Peterborough Petes (OHL)

 Country: Canada

 NHL Central Scouting ranking: No. 23 skater in North America

 What kind of player is he?

In a draft loaded with defensemen, Koekkoek has the most unforgettable name (pronounced “kook-kook”) and perhaps the most questions about his game. A shoulder injury cut his 2011-12 season short (just 26 games), yet he still managed to post 5G-13A-18PTS for the Petes, a testament to his offensive skill set.

Mark Seidel, chief scout for the North American Central Scouting, calls Koekkoek “physical and smart.” He’s a smooth skater that carries the puck well enough to lead rushes up the ice, but won’t leave his team hanging at the other end.

Quotable

“He must be more productive in 5-on-5 situations and not rely solely on the powerplay. He possesses the potential size at 6’2” and 185 lbs and has yet to fully fill out his frame. The skating ability is there as well and everything points that he could develop into a second but most likely a third pairing defenseman at the NHL level.” – Shane Malloy, amateur scout and author of “The Art Of Scouting” 

More draft profiles:

Nail Yakupov

Filip Forsberg

Malcolm Subban

Ryan Murray

Pontus Aberg

Oscar Dansk

Griffin Reinhart

Alex Galchenyuk

Cristoval ‘Boo’ Nieves

Jacob Trouba

Olli Maatta

Derrick Pouliot

  1. rhornsburg - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:05 PM

    So he’s a PP QB who is smart and physical but will only be a 3rd pairing guy? How many physical PP QBs play on the 3rd pairing?

    There are 3 main aspects to a defenseman. Offensive skillset, shutdown ability, and physical play. If you can do all 3, you’re a first pairing guy. If you only do 2, you’re a 2nd pairing guy. If you do only 1, you got yourself a 3rd pairing guy. Koekkoek does all 3. Who do you even compare him to that is a 3rd pairing defenseman? Are you talking 3rd pairing on the All-Star team?

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