Koekkoek was recalled by the Lightning on Thursday. Drawing into one contest earlier in the campaign, Koekkoek saw just 10:21 of ice time with the Lightning, resulting in a minus-1 rating, a hit and a blocked shot. A first-round pick in 2012, the 21-year-old blueliner showed his offensive prowess with OHL Windsor in 2013-14, racking up 53 points in 62 games. While his offensive numbers haven't been as impressive since moving up from juniors to the AHL, ranking third among the Syracuse affiliate's defensemen in points this season, his skill set must intrigue the Lightning enough to give him a shot with the parent club. Koekkoek's first chance to draw into the lineup comes Friday against the Predators.
Koekkoek was reassigned to AHL Syracuse on Sunday. Koekkoek drew into Saturday's lineup due to multiple injuries among the Bolts' blueliners. With Nikita Nesterov (suspension) set to rejoin the team and Victor Hedman's (head) return likely around the corner, he will now return to the AHL and await another opportunity.
Koekkoek was recalled by the Lightning from AHL Syracuse on Friday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Bay Tribune reports. Victor Hedman (undisclosed) has been ruled out of Saturday's tilt against the Sabres, so Koekkoek will serve as the team's sixth defender in his absence. Koekkoek tallied 26 points (five goals, 21 assists) in 72 games with AHL Syracuse last season.
Koekkoek was assigned to AHL Syracuse on Thursday. Koekkoek played will this preseason, but ultimately was unable to grab a spot as one of the Lightning's top-seven defenders. The 21-year-old will be one of the first player's called up if and when the injury bug strikes Tampa Bay's defensive corps.
Slater Koekkoek was reassigned to AHL Syracuse on Wednesday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
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