Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman surprised many by following a run on defensemen early in the first round and selecting Peterborough Petes defender Slater Koekkoek 10th overall (whom many had ranked in the bottom half of the first round or even lower) instead of the much more highly rated forwards like Teuvo Teravainen, Filip Forsberg, and Mikhail Grigorenko.
— Gene Pereira (@GenePereira1) January 10, 2013
The Spitfires aren't much better off than the Petes, however. Windsor sits at 9th in the Western Conference with a mere 34 points in 39 games played, but it is fair to say Koekkoek's chances of seeing playoff hockey this season improved, if only slightly.
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