Koekkoek (collarbone) has a chance to play in Saturday's regular-season finale versus the Canucks, Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic reports.
Koekkoek has been out since Feb. 23 with a fractured collarbone. While a return is possible, it's far from guaranteed. Ethan Bear would be most likely to exit the lineup to make room for Koekkoek, who could end up serving in a depth role during the postseason.
Koekkoek (collarbone) hasn't been cleared to play and is over a week from returning, per coach Dave Tippett, Jason Gregor of TSN 1260 Radio reports.
Koekkoek could still return just before the end of the regular season, but that's looking less and less likely. The blueliner has been on LTIR since suffering a fractured collarbone back on Feb. 20.
According to general manager Ken Holland, Koekkoek (collarbone) "is ahead of schedule and might be available for some games at the end of the season," Jason Gregor of OilersNation.com reports.
Koekkoek is likely still around a month away from returning, but he could get a few regular-season games in prior to the playoffs. The 27-year-old blueliner has picked up one goal through 17 games this season.
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.
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.
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.
Koekkoek produced an assist, two hits and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Canadiens.
Koekkoek has assists in consecutive games. The 25-year-old defenseman has only five points to go with 41 hits and 24 PIM in 20 games -- he's not likely to score enough to interest fantasy owners.
Koekkoek has cracked the lineup for each of Chicago's last two games after sitting as a healthy scratch for eight consecutive contests.
A slew of injuries has led to the Blackhawks being extremely thin on the back end, so Koekkoek should get additional opportunities the rest of the way. Nonetheless, he's only picked up three helpers while averaging 15:25 of ice time in 16 games this campaign, so he won't be a viable fantasy option in 2019-20.
Koekkoek dished out a pair of assists and was plus-4 in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Kings. He also had four hits and two PIM.
Koekkoek drew into the lineup for the third straight game and responded with his first points of the season, assisting on a Dylan Strome goal that opened the scoring and a Drake Caggiula goal that closed things up. Koekkoek is a depth defenseman for the Blackhawks who doesn't figure to chip in much offensively when he does get into the lineup.
Koekkoek has been a healthy scratch for each of the Blackhawks' last two games.
Now that Calvin de Haan and Connor Murphy have returned to the fold, Koekkoek has been relegated to a rotational role as Chicago's seventh defenseman. The 25-year-old won't have any fantasy value in 2019-20.
Koekkoek penned a one-year, $925,000 contract extension with Chicago on Monday, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Koekkoek was acquired by the Hawks from the Lightning in January and has reupped with his new club for another season. By agreeing to an extension, the blueliner avoids potential arbitration as a restricted free agent this summer. The Ontario native struggled to break into the lineup with Tampa Bay, but found minutes much easier to come by in the Windy City, where he saw action in 22 games and averaged 16:27 of ice time. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't be banking on Koekkoek logging over 20 minutes per game, yet he could still provide decent mid-range fantasy value in deeper formats.
Koekkoek has been a healthy scratch for each of the Blackhawks' last three games.
Chicago's currently riding a four-game winning streak, so Koekkoek may be relegated to the press box until the Blackhawks' current defensive lineup shows signs of a struggle. Once he's reinserted, the 25-year-old will likely replace Gustav Forsling or Carl Dahlstrom.
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