Slater Koekkoek - Tampan ykkösvaraus 2012

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Slater Koekkoek - Tampan ykkösvaraus 2012

ViestiKirjoittaja Jyri » 05.07.2012 18:55

Nimi: Slater Koekkoek
Syntymäaika: 18.2.1994
Syntymäpaikka: Ontario, Kanada
Pelipaikka: Puolustaja
Pituus / Paino: 188 cm / 83 kg
Nykyinen joukkue: Peterborough Petes (OHL)
Entiset joukkueet: Notre Dame Hounds (SMHL)


Tampa Bay varasi tämän vuoden varaustilaisuudessa ensimmäisellä kierroksella 18-vuotiaan Slater Koekkoekin. 2009-10 Koekkoek pelasi SMHL-sarjaa Notre Dame Houndsissa, samassa joukkueessa Toronton ykkösvarauksen Morgan Riellyn kanssa. Hän pelasi kaudella 2010-11 OHL:n lisäksi sekä Ontarion alle 17-vuotiaiden joukkueessa World Hockey Challenge -turnauksessa että Kanadan alle 18-vuotiaiden MM-kisaryhmässä. Ontariossa syntynyt puolustaja pelasi viime kaudella vain 26 ottelussa ja teki niissä 18 (3+15) pistettä.


The Scouting Report (Final Rankings): At the risk of sounding like a broken record, Koekkoek is another player who fell victim to the “NHL Draft Curse” in 2012. While a shoulder surgery ended Koekkoek’s season to only 26 games, the Mountain, Ont. native has shown some high-end potential thus far in his OHL career. Koekkoek is a horse at the OHL level and rarely plays under 30 minutes a game, even dating back to his rookie season a year ago. Koekkoek has size, skating ability, physicality, and an offensive game that could combine to form a player who could very well be the homerun pick of the draft. While there is a lot to like, Koekkoek does need to refine some areas of his game, namely defensive zone coverage. He’s prone to running around and overplaying the puck which is a major area of his game that will need to improve if he lives up to his potential.

HockeyProspect: Koekkoek is a smooth skating defenseman that uses his frame and strength to his advantage. He loves to join the rush and can be counted on to use his hockey IQ in knowing when to jump up or stay back. His shot is quick and accurate which makes him even more of a threat when he decides to wheel with the puck.
If Koekkoek continues to improve his footwork and outlet passing, he will be that much more of a threat as opposition will begin to think twice about dumping the puck into his corner. One of the underrated areas of Koekkoek’s game is the fact that he has experience not only playing in high pressure games but excelling in these games; a quality that a lot of players in the 2012 draft don’t have.

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