Koekkoek, Slater

Ex-Petes Captain Koekkoek Debuts on Spitfires Blue-line

From The Windsor Star

Defenceman Slater Koekkoek wasn't about to miss a chance to make an early debut with the Windsor Spitfires.

Just hours after being dealt by the Peterborough Petes to the Spitfires Thursday for Michael Clarke and second-round picks in 2014 and 2015, the former Peterborough captain was on the ice for Windsor's 3-0 win over the Brampton Battalion at the WFCU Centre.

"I had no idea I was going to be a Spitfire, but I'm pretty thrilled," said the 18-year-old Koekkoek, who was a 10th pick overall in the first round of last year's NHL Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning.

It was Windsor's last deal before Thursday's Ontario Hockey League trade deadline, but one that brought the club a cornerstone defenseman.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-10-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 2 @ PEI Rocket 5

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 1-0-1, E, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, 4 Hits
Season totals: 39 GP, 16-34-50, +20, 75 PIM

Cedric Paquette (pictured) scored his 16th goal/50th point of the season, but the Armada fell on Prince Edward Island, 5-2. The Rocket scored the game’s first four goals before Paquette broke the shutout.

Ontario Hockey League

Ottawa 67’s 6 @ Brampton Battalion 5 (SO)

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 43 GP, 2-16-18, -7, 30 PIM

D Slater Koekkoek, WIN: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 6-22-28, -25, 28 PIM
With Windsor: 1 GP, 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
With Peterborough: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek made his Windsor debut less than 24 hours after being traded by Peterborough and finished plus-1 as the Spits beat the visiting Battalion, 3-0. He made several rushes in the game and just missed a tipping a centering pass into the net in the first period. His attempt missed high. The game was also a match-up of the top two defensemen the Lightning drafted in June and the season debut of Bruins pick Alexander Khokhlachev, who had been playing in Russia. He played for Windsor last year. Koekkoek wore No. 65; he wore 29 in Peterborough. No. 29 is open in Windsor.

Mississauga Steelheads 5 @ Barrie Colts 6 (SO)

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 39 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM
With Barrie: 1 GP, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Dotchin made his Barrie debut after being traded by Owen Sound for picks earlier in the day. He wore No. 2 for the Colts. This is the first time a drafted Lightning prospect has been with the Colts since Sheldon Keefe scored 121 points for them in 1999-2000.

Dotchin, Koekkoek on the Move

Lightning prospect defenseman Jake Dotchin was traded today from OHL Owen Sound to the Barrie Colts. The OHL trade deadline was today at noon.

Dotchin, a 2012 sixth round pick by Tampa Bay, has two goals and 14 points in 38 games this season. There was talk that Dotchin wasn't being utilized to his full extent in Owen Sound, so he may get more opportunities - especially on the power play - in Barrie. The Colts are tied with Owen Sound, ironically, for the second-most point in the league with 53. London leads with 71.

Dotchin, who was traded for two third rounders, a fourth, and a fifth, is primarily a stay-at-home defenseman though many observers think he's capable of more offensively. He recently had a stretch when he scored nine points in 12 games. The 6-3, 222-pound defenseman is scoreless in his last three games.

As was reported Wednesday night, Lightning 2012 first rounder Slater Koekkoek was traded from the Peterborough Petes to the Windsor Spitfires for Avalanche prospect Michael Clarke and two second round picks. Koekkoek was rumored to be on the trade block as the Petes are tied for last in the league in points and continue to undergo changes on and off the ice. They’ve replaced their coach and general manager already this year.

Windsor is not much better in the standings than Peterborough (seven points), but their GM, former NHLer Warren Rychel, heads a strong major junior program with the resources to put a winner on the ice. Koekkoek will be back in juniors again next year and Rychel likely had next year in mind when he made this deal.

“Anytime you can acquire a player like Slater, it's great,” Rychel said in a team release. “We needed a frontline defenseman. And he is one of the top players in the world at his position.”

He will be in the Spitfires' lineup tonight against Dylan Blujus and Brampton.

The hope for Koekkoek, who was the Petes captain, is he receives the proper discipline and development to make the jump to the AHL a little smoother in two years while returning Windsor to OHL prominence.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-9-13 (Koekkoek Traded)

Ontario Hockey League

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Erie Otters 4

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

A late delay of game penalty by the Attack resulted in an Otter power play goal with 35 seconds left in regulation that gave Erie a 4-3 home win. Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin was scoreless in the game, but the story here is that he was still with the Attack. He was rumored to be involved in trade talks this week as the OHL trade deadline approached. Senators first round defenseman Cody Ceci was acquired by Owen Sound and had an assist in his Attack debut.

TRADE

According to multiple reports, Lightning 2012 first rounder Slater Koekkoek was traded late Wednesday night from the Peterborough Petes to the Windsor Spitfires for Avalanche prospect Michael Clark and two second round picks. Koekkoek was rumored to be on the trade block as the Petes are tied for last in the league in points and continue to undergo changes on and off the ice. They’ve replaced their coach and general manager already this year.

Windsor is not much better in the standings than Peterborough (seven points), but their GM, former NHLer Warren Rychel, heads a strong major junior program with the resources to put a winner on the ice. Koekkoek will be back in juniors again next year and Rychel likely had next year in mind when he made this deal. The hope for Koekkoek, who was the Petes captain, is he receives the proper discipline and development to make the jump to the AHL a little smoother in two years while returning Windsor to OHL prominence.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-4-13

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 2-16-18, -8, 30 PIM

Brampton spotted Sudbury a 4-0 lead through two periods before chipping at the lead to pull within one goal with seven minutes to play in regulation. The Battalion couldn’t get the equalizer and lost, 4-3. Blujus’ assist came on the power play. He has registered at least a point in only six of his last 22 games (9 points total in that time).

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Plymouth Whalers 4

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 2-12-14, +2, 39 PIM

Owen Sound crossed the border into Michigan and found themselves down 3-0 after two periods. The Attack scored three times in just over two minutes mid-way through the third period, but a power play goal by the Whalers with 13 seconds remaining made the comeback all for not in the standings.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 4 (SO)

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

New coach Jody Hull has the Petes playing at a high level, and the league’s last place team went toe-to-toe with Kitchener before falling in a shootout. Koekkoek’s 5-game point streak came to an end in the loss. The teams combined for 97 shots on goal, with the Rangers winning that statistical battle, 49-48.

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