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    Tampa Bay Lightning's Slater Koekkoek Assigned to AHL on Thursday

    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.

  • Bolts Reassign Koekkoek To Minors

    News: Slater Koekkoek was reassigned to AHL Syracuse on Wednesday, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Slater Koekkoek's demotion signals that Victor Hedman (lower body) is on track to return to the lineup Thursday against the Devils. In his three games with the Lightning, Koekkoek tallied no points, six shots on goal, and two PIM.
  • Lightning Recall Koekkoek

    News: The Lightning recalled Slater Koekkoek from AHL Syracuse on Tuesday, the Tampa Bay Times reports.
    Analysis: Already without the services of blueliners Jason Garrison, Andrej Sustr and Braydon Coburn, the Lightning's Victor Hedman is now banged up, so Slater Koekkoek -- who has notched 24 points in 66 games for Syracuse this season -- could make his NHL debut Tuesday against the Maple Leafs.
  • Bolts Send Koekkoek To AHL

    News: Slater Koekkoek was assigned to the AHL on Saturday.
    Analysis: No surprise here -- he's talented, but he needs to prove those shoulders are 100 percent sound. Watch his progress this season as he could some day be a top-pairing stud.
  • Bolts' Koekkoek (Shoulder): Feels 100 Percent

    News: Slater Koekkoek (shoulder) skated in practice Friday and said his surgically repaired shoulders "felt 100-percent," reports the Tampa Bay Times. "I didn't play with any hesitation," said the big defender.
    Analysis: This guy has all the potential in the world and could be dominant. But he desperately needs to stay healthy for a full season, something that just hasn't happened in years after multiple shoulder surgeries. He'll spend a full season in the AHL this year and the Bolts hope he can prove those shoulder issues are a thing of the past.
  • Koekkoek: No-Contact At Bolts' Prospect Camp

    News: Slater Koekkoek (shoulder) is at Tampa Bay's development camp this week, but is under no-contact status to protect his surgically repaired shoulders, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
    Analysis: His development is behind after having three season-ending shoulder surgeries over the last three years. But Bolts director of player development Stacy Roest described him "as the best defenseman in the OHL" when he was playing last season. It's likely he'll be at Syracuse of the AHL next season, but he'll be a stalwart on the Bolts' blue line for a decade -- or more -- once he arrives in the NHL.
  • Bolts' Koekkoek: Successful Shoulder Surgery

    News: Slater Koekkoek has undergone season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, but will be ready for training camp in September, reports the Tampa Tribune. "In listening to the doctors, there's no reason Slater can't go on to have a good, long, healthy career," Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said of the big defender who has now undergone three shoulder surgeries.
    Analysis: The previous two procedures were to his other shoulder and the 20-year-old's growth as a prospect has been stunted so far. Yzerman remains optimistic about the young man's future: "We think he's a good, young prospect still with a lot of developing to do, but we think he will do that." His potential remains -- he had 15 goals and 53 points and was plus-44 in 62 games for the Windsor Spitfires.
  • Lightning's Koekkoek Suffers Season-Ending Injury

    News: Slater Koekkoek has suffered a season-ending shoulder injury and will require surgery, the Windsor Star's Jim Parker reports.
    Analysis: The good news is that Slater Koekkoek hurt his right shoulder, after undergoing a pair of procedures on the other shoulder over the last couple of years. He's still a promising prospect, but the injury issues are becoming harder and harder to ignore, even though he just turned 20 in February. An attack-minded defenseman, Koekkoek had 15 goals and 38 assists in 62 games for AHL Windsor this season.
  • Bolts Send Koekkoek To Juniors

    News: Slater Koekkoek (shoulder) has been reassigned to Windsor of the Ontario Hockey League. He was the Lightning's 10th overall pick in 2012.
    Analysis: His development has been slowed by shoulder issues, but he's healthy and should benefit playing inside a strong Spitfires' system. His upside remains high and he could find himself donning the maple leaf for Team Canada at the 2014 World Junior Championship.
  • Bolts' Koekkoek (Shoulder): Ready By Training Camp

    News: Slater Koekkoek (shoulder) sat out the Lightning's recent prospect camp, but should be ready for training camp, reports the Tampa Bay Times. The Lightning hope he can develop into a top-two defenseman.
    Analysis: He underwent a surgery called the Latarjet procedure where -- according to the Times -- "the coracoid bone of the shoulder blade is twisted slightly into a position where, with the help of a titanium screw, it anchors the shoulder in its socket." The procedure permanently limits the range of motion of the shoulder, but not in a way that affects function. And it should solve the issues he had with the torn labrum and dislocation. He will play for Windsor of the OHL in 2013-14.