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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.

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