By Damian Cristodero, Times Staff Writer
Friday, June 22, 2012
PITTSBURGH — The Lightning did exactly what was expected Friday night in the first round of the draft: it selected a defenseman.
It just wasn't a defenseman anyone expected as Tampa Bay, with the No. 10 overall pick, took Slater Koekkoek from Peterborough of the junior Ontario League.
"It was very quick," said Al Murray, the Lightning's director of amateur scouting, of the decision. "As soon as he was still there, it was easy to put his name down."
It might have been easy for Tampa Bay, but it was a shock to many at the Consol Energy Center as Koekkoek, 18, had not surfaced in any speculation about the Lightning's picks, played just 26