In continuing with the Fansided Community’s Mock Draft, Bleedin’ Blue will now make the 25th overall selection. Selection #24 went to the Boston Bruins, who selected Matt Finn of the Guelph Storm.
Although the Bleedin’ Blue writers unanimously agreed upon drafting an offensive threat prior to the draft, we felt that we couldn’t pass up a defensive talent of Koekkoek’s caliber. Since the eighteen-year-old Ontario native slipped all the way to the twenty-fifth spot, the staff decided to make an exception and select a defenseman.
For as skilled as Slater is at his position, the word that his most often associated with his style of play in scouting reports is competitiveness. Many pro scouts have recognized his drive and will to succeed on the ice as a wild card. Koekkoek’s hunger and competitive nature are intangibles that could potentially make him the best defenseman in this draft class.
Although the Blues are loaded with young, elite talent on defense, there’s simply no excuse to pass up a player of this caliber at this point in the draft. His hustle and competitiveness are traits that will undoubtedly allow him to succeed in a St. Louis system that values his style of play.