The 2012 NHL Entry Draft | June 22-23, 2012 | 7:00 ET (NBCSN, TSN, NHL-Network)
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06-24-2012, 07:38 PM
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The director of NHL Central Scouting said Koekkoek, whose name never came up in speculation regarding Tampa Bay's first selection, would have been a top-10 prospect had he not missed five months last season because of a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder.
In other words, Koekkoek's No. 23 ranking among North American skaters was a matter of circumstance rather than a straight-up evaluation of his talent.
"He would have been a top-10 candidate," Marr, at the Consol Energy Center, told the Tampa Bay Times. "We knew that his game had taken off in the right direction."
"His core strength, he may be one of the better players in the draft," Marr said of Koekkoek, 18. "He's very strong, but he's one of those effortless, fluid skaters. He's got a game. He can lead a rush, but the best part of his game is getting the puck out of the (defensive) zone. He'll make that good first pass."
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