Koekkoek scored the Oilers' only goal in a 5-1 loss to the Canadiens on Saturday. Unfortunately for Koekkoek, the tally was far too late to help the Oilers manage a comeback. The 26-year-old blueliner added a pair of hits and blocked shots each in the contest. He's supplied nine blocks in three contests, but his forays onto the scoresheet probably won't happen with much frequency.
Koekkoek signed a one-year contract with the Oilers on Saturday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports. Koekkoek drew into 42 games with the Blackhawks last season, picking up 10 points and 42 PIM over that span. He'll be in and out of the Oilers' lineup as the team's seventh defenseman this year, so he won't be a viable fantasy option.
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.
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