Koekkoek (collarbone) was placed on long-term injured reserve Monday, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports. This move was expected after Koekkoek suffered a fractured collarbone during his first shift of Saturday's win over the Flames. Spector adds that it will be a surprise if Koekkoek returns during the regular season. The 27-year-old suited up for 17 games this year, posting a goal and 29 blocked shots.
Koekkoek was diagnosed Sunday with a broken collarbone, Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports. Koekkoek was hurt on his first shift in Saturday's game versus the Flames, as he got hit by Sam Bennett. The 27-year-old Koekkoek figures to be out for an extended period of time with the severity of the injury. No timeline has been announced for his recovery, but it'll likely be counted in months, not weeks.
Koekkoek (undisclosed) will not return to Saturday's game versus the Flames, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports. Koekkoek was injured on a hit from Sam Bennett in the first period of Saturday's contest, and it's bad enough to keep the former out of action. The 27-year-old Koekkoek has typically worked in a third-pairing role for the Oilers this year. If he's not ready to return Tuesday versus the Canucks, Caleb Jones may enter the lineup in his place.
Koekkoek has no points and a minus-6 rating in his last 13 games. Koekkoek has only seen third-pairing minutes when he's been in the lineup, and he hasn't provided much offense. He entered Friday averaging 14:01 of ice time per game, but he skated just 9:16 in a 2-1 win over the Flames. Koekkoek has one goal, a minus-7 rating, 15 shots on net and 29 blocked shots through 16 contests this year.
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.
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