Video: 2012 NHL Draft – Slater Koekkoek, Tampa Bay Lightning

By Ken McKenna

Photo: Tampa Bay Lightning top pick Slater Koekkoek, currently playing for the OHL's Peterborough Petes, receives his jersey and hat from current Lightning GM and former Pete Steve Yzerman (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)


In what was a popular theme for this year's NHL Draft crop, the Tampa Bay Lightning selected with their top pick one of the prospects that missed a great deal of the 2011-12 season due to an injury.

That player, defenseman Slater Koekkoek of the OHL's Peterborough Petes, looked to many scouts to be a bona fide top 10 selection heading into the season, but Koekkoek tore a rotator cuff and missed five months of the season as a result.

Mock drafts heading into the 2012 NHL Draft had Koekkoek being chosen in the 21-30 range, but Lightning GM Steve Yzerman was undeterred and instead made the Mountain, Ontario native the tenth selection overall.

Koekkoek talked to the media about his selection by the Lightning.