Video: 2012 NHL Draft ? Slater Koekkoek, Tampa Bay Lightning
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.… read more