Koekkoek, Slater

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-10-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 @ PEI Rocket 5

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 4 Hits
Season totals: 39 GP, 16-34-50, +20, 75 PIM

Cedric Paquette (pictured) scored his 16th goal/50th point of the season, but the Armada fell on Prince Edward Island, 5-2. The Rocket scored the game’s first four goals before Paquette broke the shutout.

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 6 @ Brampton Battalion 5 (SO)

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 2-16-18, -7, 30 PIM

D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 6-22-28, -25, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek made his Windsor debut less than 24 hours after being traded by Peterborough and finished plus-1 as the Spits beat the visiting Battalion, 3-0. He made several rushes in the game and just missed a tipping a centering pass into the net in the first period. His attempt missed high. The game was also a match-up of the top two defensemen the Lightning drafted in June and the season debut of Bruins pick Alexander Khokhlachev, who had been playing in Russia. He played for Windsor last year. Koekkoek wore No. 65; he wore 29 in Peterborough. No. 29 is open in Windsor.

Mississauga Steelheads 5 @ Barrie Colts 6 (SO)

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM
With Barrie: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Dotchin made his Barrie debut after being traded by Owen Sound for picks earlier in the day. He wore No. 2 for the Colts. This is the first time a drafted Lightning prospect has been with the Colts since Sheldon Keefe scored 121 points for them in 1999-2000.

Dotchin, Koekkoek on the Move

Lightning prospect defenseman Jake Dotchin was traded today from OHL Owen Sound to the Barrie Colts. The OHL trade deadline was today at noon.

Dotchin, a 2012 sixth round pick by Tampa Bay, has two goals and 14 points in 38 games this season. There was talk that Dotchin wasn't being utilized to his full extent in Owen Sound, so he may get more opportunities - especially on the power play - in Barrie. The Colts are tied with Owen Sound, ironically, for the second-most point in the league with 53. London leads with 71.

Dotchin, who was traded for two third rounders, a fourth, and a fifth, is primarily a stay-at-home defenseman though many observers think he's capable of more offensively. He recently had a stretch when he scored nine points in 12 games. The 6-3, 222-pound defenseman is scoreless in his last three games.

As was reported Wednesday night, Lightning 2012 first rounder Slater Koekkoek was traded from the Peterborough Petes to the Windsor Spitfires for Avalanche prospect Michael Clarke and two second round picks. Koekkoek was rumored to be on the trade block as the Petes are tied for last in the league in points and continue to undergo changes on and off the ice. They’ve replaced their coach and general manager already this year.

Windsor is not much better in the standings than Peterborough (seven points), but their GM, former NHLer Warren Rychel, heads a strong major junior program with the resources to put a winner on the ice. Koekkoek will be back in juniors again next year and Rychel likely had next year in mind when he made this deal.

“Anytime you can acquire a player like Slater, it's great,” Rychel said in a team release. “We needed a frontline defenseman. And he is one of the top players in the world at his position.”

He will be in the Spitfires' lineup tonight against Dylan Blujus and Brampton.

The hope for Koekkoek, who was the Petes captain, is he receives the proper discipline and development to make the jump to the AHL a little smoother in two years while returning Windsor to OHL prominence.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-9-13 (Koekkoek Traded)

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Erie Otters 4

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

A late delay of game penalty by the Attack resulted in an Otter power play goal with 35 seconds left in regulation that gave Erie a 4-3 home win. Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin was scoreless in the game, but the story here is that he was still with the Attack. He was rumored to be involved in trade talks this week as the OHL trade deadline approached. Senators first round defenseman Cody Ceci was acquired by Owen Sound and had an assist in his Attack debut.

TRADE

According to multiple reports, Lightning 2012 first rounder Slater Koekkoek was traded late Wednesday night from the Peterborough Petes to the Windsor Spitfires for Avalanche prospect Michael Clark and two second round picks. Koekkoek was rumored to be on the trade block as the Petes are tied for last in the league in points and continue to undergo changes on and off the ice. They’ve replaced their coach and general manager already this year.

Windsor is not much better in the standings than Peterborough (seven points), but their GM, former NHLer Warren Rychel, heads a strong major junior program with the resources to put a winner on the ice. Koekkoek will be back in juniors again next year and Rychel likely had next year in mind when he made this deal. The hope for Koekkoek, who was the Petes captain, is he receives the proper discipline and development to make the jump to the AHL a little smoother in two years while returning Windsor to OHL prominence.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-4-13

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 2-16-18, -8, 30 PIM

Brampton spotted Sudbury a 4-0 lead through two periods before chipping at the lead to pull within one goal with seven minutes to play in regulation. The Battalion couldn’t get the equalizer and lost, 4-3. Blujus’ assist came on the power play. He has registered at least a point in only six of his last 22 games (9 points total in that time).

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Plymouth Whalers 4

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 2-12-14, +2, 39 PIM

Owen Sound crossed the border into Michigan and found themselves down 3-0 after two periods. The Attack scored three times in just over two minutes mid-way through the third period, but a power play goal by the Whalers with 13 seconds remaining made the comeback all for not in the standings.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 4 (SO)

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

New coach Jody Hull has the Petes playing at a high level, and the league’s last place team went toe-to-toe with Kitchener before falling in a shootout. Koekkoek’s 5-game point streak came to an end in the loss. The teams combined for 97 shots on goal, with the Rangers winning that statistical battle, 49-48.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-3-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Sherbrooke Phoenix 2 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM, 5 SOG, 2 Hits
Season totals: 36 GP, 15-32-47, +18, 71 PIM

Cedric Paquette (pictured) had the primary assist on Samuel Carrier’s game-winning goal scored at 6:41 of the third period as the Armada came from behind to top the visiting Phoenix, 3-2. Paquette is within one point of his career high for points in a season, set last year in 63 games.

Ontario Hockey League

Oshawa Generals 4 @ Brampton Battalion 1

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 40 GP, 2-15-17, -7, 30 PIM

Oshawa limited Brampton to just 17 shots while defeating the Battalion, 4-1.

Belleville Bulls 0 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 6-22-28, -25, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek extended his point streak to five games with an assist in Peterborough’s 3-0 win over the Bulls. His power play assist gave him 22 for the year, six more than his previous career high of 16 set in his rookie season.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-29-12

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 6 @ Peterborough Petes 3

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, -3, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 6-21-27, -26, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek extended his point streak to four games with a late assist in Saturday night’s loss to Ottawa. The game was not as close as the final score indicates as Ottawa held a 5-1 lead early in the second period. The Petes were able to put 51 shots on net, however. Koekkoek was on the ice for four of the 67’s goals, but only had a direct effect in two of the goals against. His play in his own end was active, but sporadic. The commentators during the game mentioned how the d-corps of the Petes had trouble executing the game plan and had several bouts of miscommunication. Offensively, Koekkoek was solid and efficient, making several deep rushes and long passes to set up teammates. He looks to rush the puck a lot and has the skill and wheels to do so. It seems obvious he has the green light to rush it whenever he wants. He plays like a player who is expected to provide most of the offense for the club. The OHL trade deadline is coming up and Koekkoek’s name has been in rumors, though with another year of junior in his future, it’s unlikely that a player of his skill and age would be dealt. London is always looking to deal and playing in London with the Hunters would do wonders for Koekkoek’s development.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-28-12

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 3 @ Sarnia Sting 2

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 2-13-15, -10, 28 PIM

Blake Clarke (2014) scored twice to lead Brampton to a 3-1 road win over Sarnia.

Erie Otters 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 6

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 2-11-13, +4, 37 PIM

Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin (pictured) had a career-high three assists in one game as the Attack earned two points by beating visiting Erie, 6-1. This was Dotchin’s second 3-point game in his career – he had a goal and two assists against Peterborough last February. He now has 13 points in 33 games and is on pace to set a new career high for goals, assists, and points in a season (3-16-19 in 2011-12).

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 6-20-26, -23, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek scored his sixth goal of the season late in the third on the power play to put the game away for Peterborough, who beat Kingston on the road, 5-2. Koekkoek, who hit the post minutes before he scored, slid into the high slot from the right point and one-timed a pass from Steven Trojanovic (undrafted) through Kingston goalie Mike Morrison (undrafted), who played for the Petes last year. The puck trickled over the line before being swept back into play, but the referee ruled it a goal. The OHL offices in Toronto took more than eight minutes to confirm it was a goal.

Note: Prospects Nikita Kucherov (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL), Artem Sergeev (Val-d'Or, QMJHL), and Tanner Richard (Guelph, OHL) are participating in the 2013 World Junior Championships and are therefore not with their respective club teams.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-16-12

Ontario Hockey League

Niagara IceDogs 1 @ Brampton Battalion 7

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 2-13-15, -10, 28 PIM

Brandon Robinson (2014) had a hat trick and four points to lead the Battalion to a big win over visiting Niagara, 7-1. Lightning prospect Dylan Bluus did not register a point and was one of only three Brampton players not to register a positive plus/minus rating for the game.

Barrie Colts 4 @ Peterborough Petes 1

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 1-0-1, -2, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 34 GP, 5-20-25, -22, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek (pictured) scored his fifth goal of the season, but that was the only goal the Petes could manage in a 4-1 loss to visiting Barrie. Koekkoek, who has points in three of his last four games, is just five points behind center Francis Menard (undrafted) for the team lead in points. Koekkoek’s 25 points are seventh in the league for defensemen. He leads Peterborough in assists with 20.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-14-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 5

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 5-18-23, +9, 24 PIM

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 31 GP, 15-27-42, +17, 54 PIM

Cedric Paquette (pictured) extended his point streak eight games, but his Armada fell to Val-d’Or, 5-3, on Friday night. Paquette has five points in his last two games. He has at least a point in 12 of his last 13 games. Former Lightning prospect camper Brandon Hynes, playing his first game with the Foreurs after a trade this week from Victoriaville, had a goal. Arterm Sergeev did not play. He is in Russia for the World Junior Championships.

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 2 @ London Knights 3

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 2-8-10, +2, 35 PIM

In a big divisional game at the Labatt’s Center, former Lightning prospect camper Seth Griffith (Bruins) scored the game’s first goal, then its final goal with four seconds remaining to give London their 19th straight win. Owen Sound had tied the game at 19:36 of the third. Griffith has 23 goals this season. The Attack are now nine points behind London for the Midwest Division lead.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 5

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 4-20-24, -20, 28 PIM

Peterborough outshot Ottawa, 34-31, but lost to the 67’s, 5-2. Ottawa pulled back in front of Peterborough, 21 points to 20, in the race to stay out of the OHL basement. The Petes have scored 38 fewer goals than the 67’s this year (85).

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-13-12

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 4 @ Peterborough Petes 1

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-13-15, -8, 26 PIM

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 4-19-23, -21, 26 PIM

Brampton had 40 shots through two periods en route to a 3-1 lead and an eventual 4-1 win over host Peterborough. In a battle of Lightning prospects, Dylan Blujus outscored Slater Koekkoek, one assist to none. Blujus has registered a point in only two of his last nine games. Koekkoek was plus-4 in his last two contests coming into Thursday night’s match-up against the Battalion.

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