Ontario Hockey League
Kingston Frontenacs 1 @ Brampton Battalion 4
D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -3, 6 PIM
Blujus snapped a three-game scoreless streak with his second assist of the young season, helping Brampton to a 4-1 home win over Kingston. Battalion captain Barclay Goodrow (undrafted) had two goals to win first star. Goodrow’s second goal of the game was set up on the power play by Blujus. The loss by Kingston was their first of the season after three wins.
Guelph Storm 5 @ Windsor Spitfires 0
C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-3-3, +1, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-6-7, +3, 8 PIM
Richard (pictured) had a season-high three assists and was named third star as Guelph won their first game of three this weekend, 5-0 in Windsor. Richard’s career high for points in a game is four, set twice last year – both against Sault Ste Marie. One of those games was a four-assist game.
Sudbury Wolves 4 @Peterborough Petes 1
D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 5 GP, 0-2-2, -5, 6 PIM
The Petes have been outscored 14-3 in their last three games, all losses. On Thursday, Sudbury’s Joshua Leivo (Leafs) had two goals to lead his Wolves to a 4-1 win in Peterborough. The Petes are tied with Mississauga for the fewest average goals scored per game. Both teams have nine goals in five games.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Sherbrooke Phoenix 0 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 6
C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-1-2, +1, 4 PIM (checking-from-behind, unsportsmanlike conduct), 6 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 4 GP, 2-2-4, +2, 6 PIM
Paquette registered both his points in the first period, helping the Armada to a 3-0 lead by the first intermission. The team cruised to a 6-0 win. Paquette led the Armada in shots and hits in the game.
Ontario Hockey League
Belleville Bulls 0 @ Brampton Battalion 1
D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (delay of game)
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Patrik Machac (undrafted) scored in the first period and Brampton goalie Matej Machovsky (undrafted) made it stand up with 21 saves to lead Brampton to a 1-0 home win over Belleville. Lightning prospect Dylan Blujus was scoreless for the second straight game.
Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Guelph Storm 2
Tanner Richard set up Guelph’s second first period goal to give the Storm a 2-1 lead, but the home side allowed two goals in less than a minute in the third period and lost, 3-2. Richard was on the ice for the game-winning goal against. Jake Dotchin was scoreless for Owen Sound.
Peterborough Petes 1 @ Oshawa Generals 5
D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-2-2, -4, 4 PIM
The Petes got crushed on the road, 5-1 by the Gens. Former Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch had a goal and an assist for Oshawa. It was his first goal of the year; he had two last season. Flyers first rounder (2012) Scott Laughton was first star with a goal and a helper. Koekkoek had his second assist of the season in the loss.
Ontario Hockey League
Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Barrie Colts 4 (SO)
D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 4 PIM
Barrie scored with 30 seconds left in the game to send the contest to overtime. Lightning prospect defenseman Jake Dotchin was not on the ice for the game-tying goal. Jets first rounder (2011) Mark Scheifele, who “should” be in an NHL camp right now, had a goal and an assist for Barrie, but did not convert his shootout attempt on Rangers pick Jordan Bennington. Bennington, as longtime Bolt prospects followers will remember, was a tandem-mate of former Lightning prospect Michael Zador when Owen Sound won the OHL championship. Zador, who was drafted ahead of Jaroslav Janus in the 2010 draft, appears to be out of hockey now.
Erie Otters 5 @ Peterborough Petes 1
D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM (cross-checking)
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, -3, 4 PIM
The Petes were coming off a road win and played well, outshooting the Otters 48-25, but were stymied by Columbus second rounder Oscar Dansk (pictured). The import player from Sweden was named first star of the game.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 2
It was a quiet night for both Lightning prospects on the scoresheet as Paquette’s Armada defeated Sergeev’s Foreurs, 3-2. Swiss defenseman Christian Marti (undrafted) scored with 14 seconds left in the game to give the Armada the win.
Ontario Hockey League
Saginaw Spirit 2 @ Owen Sound Attack 5
D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-2-2, +2, 4 PIM
Dotchin had two assists in Owen Sound’s opening night win in Windsor, but couldn’t hit the scoresheet in the Attack’s home opener. He’ll take the win, no doubt. Owen Sound’s Daniel Catenacci (Sabres) had a goal and an assist for First Star honors.
Peterborough Petes 4 @ Ottawa 67’s 3
D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -2, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-1-1, -2, 2 PIM
Koekkoek went scoreless, but his team earned a big road win in Ottawa, 4-3. Nick Ritchie, who is expected to go in the first round of the 2014 draft, was First Star for Peterborough with a goal.
Ontario Hockey League
Owen Sound Attack 6 @ Windsor Spitfires 1
D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-2-2, +1, 2 PIM (roughing)
Dotchin picked up where he left off in the playoffs last season, contributing offensively with two assists in Owen Sound’s season opener. Dotchin had three assists in five playoff games last spring. He snapped a personal 14-game regular season scoreless streak tonight. Dotchin was drafted by the Lightning in the sixth round of this summer’s draft. Cameron Brace (undrafted) had two goals and an assist for the Attack.
Oshawa Generals 5 @ Peterborough Petes 2
D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Koekkoek returned to the Peterborough lineup after not only missing all but the Petes’ first 26 games last year, but the last couple weeks of the preseason this year. He was named Peterborough's captain in the offseason before being knocked out of their first preseason game with a badly bruised shoulder. Knocking him out of that game was Columbus prospect Boone Jenner, who had two goals and an assist for Oshawa tonight. Koekkoek was playing his first game since November 27, 2011. He had shoulder surgery last fall. The Lightning took him 10th overall in this summer’s draft.
Former Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch, an alternate captain for the Generals, had an assist in the game. The Lightning chose not to sign him in the spring, allowing him to re-enter the draft. He was not selected. Schemitsch was traded to the Gens from Owen Sound last year.
General Manager Steve Yzerman has led three entry drafts for the Tampa Bay Lightning and twice raised eyebrows when he chose an injury-risk player with a top-10 pick. The first was Brett Connolly (hips) in 2010, which has worked out okay so far. In June of this year, Yzerman selected promising defenseman Slater Koekkoek of the Peterborough Petes with the 10th overall pick despite the fact Koekkoek missed all but two months of the season with a severe shoulder injury. Koekkoek, who had his shoulder surgically repaired, passed all medical examinations before the draft.
The Petes' kicked off their preseason last night and Koekkoek – named captain earlier in the week – played his first competitive game since he was hurt on November 27, 2011. Koekkoek took a hit from Blue Jackets prospect Boone Jenner of Oshawa and later left the game. According to the Peterborough Examiner, Koekkoek was taken to the hospital for further evaluation. His coach, Mike Pelino, classified the injury as an “upper body injury,” which opens speculation that it could be the same shoulder.
When and how do you judge a trade or draft pick?
Earlier this week I tweeted from Bolt Prospects that it was the 10-year anniversary of then Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster sending the fourth overall pick to Philadelphia for a young forward Tampa Bay thought had some upside and two second round picks. At the time, jaws hit the floor from Nanaimo to Naples. I was standing on the line that divided my living room from my dining room and saw the trade go across the ticker on what I believe was ESPN-2. Yes, I remember exactly where I was standing when I saw the news.
- OHL - 2nd All-Rookie Team
Koekkoek came out of the midget ranks having attended prep school with the Notre Dame Hounds, which is the same program that developed future Lightning stars Vincent Lecavalier and Brad Richards. After posting 16 goals and 43 points in 44 games for the Hounds in 2009-2010, he was selected by the Peterborough Petes in the 1st round, 7th overall, of the 2010 OHL Priority Draft.
He struggled on a very young Petes team in 2010-2011, posting a -29 rating in 65 games. Still, his 7 goals and 23 points in the campaign were good enough to earn him a Second Team OHL All-Rookie selection. He also earned his way onto Canada's U18 World Junior Championship team where he posted a modest 1 goals and 2 points in 7 games.
Koekkoek had seized the mantle of Peterborough's top defenseman and minutes eater in the first half of 2011-2012, but a season-ending shoulder injury cut short his year after 26 games, in which he had 5 goals and 18 points. He was rated #23 among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Service prior to his selection in the 1st round, 10th overall by the Lightning at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
A very mobile defenseman with some fine offensive skills. Hockey sense is quite good and he passes and shoots the puck well. Some leadership qualities too. Admirable work-ethic. Overall a solid all-round defenseman. (EP 2012)
"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." (scoutingreport.org)
"He’s very good defensively, especially while defending rushes (which can be tough). He’s tough to beat one-on-one, he’s physical, he uses his body well to rub players off the puck and he’s just a tough guy in general to play against. He’s not overly big, but he uses the size and strength he does have very well. Koekkoek is a great skater, very good on the rush, and he knows when to jump into the play and when to stay back. I’d say his transition game as a whole is fantastic. Koekkoek has outstanding vision and is a very good passer which makes him quite effective on the powerplay. He has a pretty good shot, too. With his solid defensive play, it’s safe to say he is more than capable of killing penalties, as well. A few more things that I really like about him is that he’s not afraid to block shots, he never takes shifts off and will do whatever it takes to win." (mynhldraft.com)
"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." (prohockeytalk.com)
"May have the highest ceiling of any defensemen in the draft...has excellent size and a frame that can support more mass...very mobile skater, strong on his edges, and has good first step explosion...very tenacious presence on the ice, making him a hard player to go up against...makes crisp tape to tape passes...very adept at skating the puck up the ice and making intelligent reads...great work ethic...battles for position in front of his net...has a heavy shot that gets through to the net...until his injury he was logging over 30 minutes a game for Peterborough...positioning and gap control can be inconsistent, but can be corrected through coaching...shoulder injury and subsequent surgery has caused him to be a forgotten player...was willing to wear a harness and play." (firstroundbust.com)
"A very intelligent defenseman with top hockey sense. Extremely mobile and loves to jump into the attack. Has a dynamic burst and straight-line speed. Sound puck mover who makes a good first pass out of the zone when time permits. Has the skills to be an offensive threat and point producer. A very strong snap shot. Not a physical player and appears content to just tie up his check in the defensive end. Uses his smarts and skating ability to avoid checkers. At times seems hurried in the defensive zone and can be pressured into coughing up the puck. Season-ending shoulder injury in November required surgery. Before that, he had become the Petes' go-to man despite his youth. Not coincidentally, the Petes dropped steadily in the standings after losing him."
Projection: Mobile, 2nd pairing puck mover.
Style compares to: Kevin Shattenkirk" (Red Line Report)
"Slater plays the game with a combination of competitiveness and determination that helps teams win. He's an excellent skater who can close down the play very quickly and deny offensive chances when they appear inevitable. He uses his body very effectively and along with his skating, he doesn't give opponents much choice or opportunity to go around or through him. He's not punishing but it's not enjoyable to play versus him because he doesn't let up in his determination to stop you. His skating also allows him to get the puck moving ahead very quickly and very effectively and he continues to explore the offensive side of his game and try to contribute in this area as well and become a well-rounded player. His puck skills are good and while there may not be a lot of deception or faking when he has the puck, there is efficiency to his puck play. He has the ability to play lots of minutes and with that type of endurance and his size, he'll be valuable in the areas that require so-called 'heavy lifting' but leads to winning." (Craig Button, TSN)
Good skater with excellent burst. Shows good intelligence and is excellent at reading and jumping into the play. Good snap shot. Can play big minutes.
More of a leaner than a thumper, physically. Can be prone to turn the puck over when under duress. Loss of time due to the shoulder injury is a concern.
#2/3 Mobile, Puck-Moving, 2-Way Defenseman
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