LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Slater Koekkoek understood why he was left off Hockey Canada's original roster for the national junior team's summer evaluation camp. That isn't to say he liked not seeing his name there, however.
But an injury to New York Islanders prospect Adam Pelech opened a spot, and Koekkoek was more than happy to spend a week of his summer in Brossard, Quebec and now here as part of the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp.
"After the first list came out it was as bit discouraging, but I knew it had a big part to do with my shoulder," Koekkoek told NHL.com. "Now that I got it cleared and everything, it's good looking forward here."