NHL Mock Draft 2012: Pittsburgh Penguins Select Slater Koekkoek With No. 22 Pick

With the 22nd pick in SB Nation's 2012 NHL Mock Draft, our Pittsburgh Penguins delegation at Pensburgh selects Slater Koekkoek, a defenseman from the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League.

Slater Koekkoek, D, Peterborough Petes (OHL)

Pensburgh explains their pick:

It is yet another defenseman to be drafted high by the Pens, but compared to the players still available at 22nd in this mock draft, we weren't too excited about taking a forward that projects to be a 3rd line NHL player. In our opinion, better to keep stocking up on defensemen who can skate well, move the puck well and have the potential to be top 4 NHL defensemen.

Koekkoek seems a little riskier than your average prospect, but for who's left, he seemingly also has a higher potential ceiliing to be able to reach. Koekkoek missed a lot of time to shoulder injury this season, and that could be a bother for potential to re-occur or waste development time.

Follow along with our 2012 NHL Mock Draft in this StoryStream. Stick with SBNation.com and our network of hockey blogs for full coverage of the 2012 NHL draft.

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