1st Round, 10th Overall: D Slater Koekkoek
D Slater Koekkoek, 6'2" 184 lbs, Peterborough (OHL), Shoots: Left
CSS #23 North American Skater, ISS #21 Skater, RLR #21 Overall, THN #23 Overall, TSN #16 Overall
2011-2011 Statistics: 26 GP, 5-13-18, -1, 17 PIM
Injuries made Peterborough defenseman Slater Koekkoek a wild card in this draft. The Peterborough defenseman went out after 26 games with shoulder surgery, leaving NHL teams to wonder what he might have accomplished had he not gotten hurt.
Pros: He's extremely mobile with a lot of burst and straight line speed. He's also incredibly intelligent at both ends of the ice and has a good, hard snap shot.
Cons: Not overly physical, despite possessing a pretty good sized frame. Can occasionally be prone to coughing up the puck when under forechecking pressure.
Red Line Report compared Koekkoek to Kevin Shattenkirk and projects him to be a mobile, second pairing puck mover.