The Tampa Bay Lightning may need some help on defense this weekend, which explains why they recalled Slater Koekkoek.
While Hedman was obviously able to make a huge impression during the 2015 postseason, his Norris hopes were quickly dashed due to injury issues in 2014-15. It would be a big shame for that to happen again, as he drew some serious hype from the likes of Nicklas Lidstrom heading into this season.
Speaking of McKenzie:
Update: Nesterov received a two-game suspension for that hit.
At 21, Koekkoek is an interesting moment in his development.
He’s one of the Lightning’s many promising young players as the 10th pick of the 2012 NHL Draft, so perhaps getting him another cup of coffee at the highest level – he’s played in three games with the Lightning – would be a good progress report of sorts.