The Blackhawks have not extended Koekkoek a qualifying offer, so he'll hit the open market Friday, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports. Chicago has several prospects that should be ready to make the jump to the NHL next season, including Nicolas Beaudin and Ian Mitchell, so this isn't entirely surprising. Koekkoek is a decent option for a seventh defenseman, so he should catch on with a new club relatively quickly.
Koekkoek posted an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Oilers in Game 3. Koekkoek's shot was tipped in by Matthew Highmore, tying the score at 3-3. The helper was Koekkoek's third point in the last two games. The 26-year-old blueliner isn't known for being a regular name on the scoresheet -- his 10 points and 42 games played in 2019-20 were both career highs.
Koekkoek scored a goal and added an assist in Monday's 6-3 loss to the Oilers in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. Koekkoek had just one multi-point game in 2019-20, a two-assist effort versus the Kings on Oct. 27. The 26-year-old blueliner registered 10 points, 64 hits and 58 blocked shots in 42 contests during the regular season. In the playoffs, he's expected to serve in a bottom-pairing role.
Koekkoek posted an assist, three blocked shots and a plus-3 rating in Saturday's 8-4 win over the Flames. Koekkoek had the secondary helper on Jonathan Toews' goal just 30 seconds into the game. The 25-year-old defenseman matched his career high for points with eight -- all of which have been assists this year. He's added 52 hits, 40 blocked shots and 30 PIM in 30 contests. Koekkoek sees mostly third-pairing minutes and isn't likely to do enough for much fantasy relevance.
Koekkoek produced an assist and two shots on goal in Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Panthers. Koekkoek has four assists in his last five games. The 25-year-old blueliner has just seven helpers to go with 44 hits, 27 blocked shots and 24 PIM in 23 appearances this season. He's trending up currently, but he still plays a limited role and isn't known for his scoring prowess.
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