Slater Koekkoek, the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 2012 first-round draft pick, is the Lightning Prospect Performer of the Week for the period ending on October 29, 2012.
Koekkoek picked up points in all three of his team’s games last week. He helped the Peterborough Petes win two out of their three games while posting a plus-4 rating and compiling four assists.
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Koekkoek’s four assists brings his season total to nine which leads his team. With 11 points so far this season, Koekkoek is not far off his point-total of 18 from his injury shortened season a year ago. Koekkoek leads his team in scoring by defensemen and ranks in the OHL’s top 20 for the same category.
After being named the Petes’ captain during the offseason, it took Koekkoek a while to adjust to his new leadership role on the ice. More recently he has found his comfort zone by posting points in seven of his team’s last eight contests, including his only two goals of the season.
Nikita Kucherov (Forward) – Quebec – QMJHL – After finally getting clearance to move to Canada from Russia, Kucherov saw the ice for the first time this season in a Quebec sweater and it was a good sight for the organization. Kucherov scored a goal in his first game of the season and added two assists in his second contest of the year. He also posted a plus-1 rating and had two penalty minutes.
Alex Killorn (Forward) – Syracuse – AHL – Killorn was a bright spot for the Crunch this weekend during their two-game home stand. Through the two games for the Crunch this week, Killorn picked up his first two goals of the season and added an assist. Killorn’s three-point weekend brings his season-point total to six, which is tied for fifth among Crunch skaters.
Tanner Richard (Forward) – Guelph – OHL – Richard was very active in his team’s three games over the weekend. With an assist in each of the three games his season assist total is now 17, which is tied for first in the OHL. Richard’s three assists were not the only way he put a dent in the stat sheet. During the weekend Richard collected 11 penalty minutes and made his presence known. Richard also registered a plus-2 rating.
Adam Wilcox (Goaltender) – Minnesota – NCAA – Wilcox improved his season record to 3-0-0 this past week by earning his first career NCAA shutout. Wilcox turned away all 20 shots he faced from the Canisius shooters. Wilcox has gotten off to a great start in his freshman year, posting a 1.14 goals-against-average and .934 save percentage.