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Fantasy Summary

Pure goal-scoring forward with a lethal wrist shot; foot speed is an issue, but projects as a middle-six NHL forward.


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June 2020 – After winning an NCAA championship in his freshman season at Minnesota-Duluth, Cole Koepke finished off his sophomore with a large spike in production, increasing his goal output from seven to 16 and his point total from 19 to 33. Koepke tied for the team lead in points among forwards with Noah Cates and ended the season with the team lead in goals as well. Koepke’sshot remains his strongest asset and will be the attribute that could propel him into an NHL top nine someday, however, his foot speed still remains about average, which is an obstacle he will need to overcome. Brandon Holmes

June 2018 – One of the most pure sniper’s to be drafted from the Sioux City Musketeers went on to have an almost Rookie of the year campaign in the KHL in his D+1 campaign was Eeli Tolvanen. Well, Koepke’s 28 tally’s in the USHL were only two short of Tolvanen’s total a year prior to his breakout year with Jokerit Helsinki. Koepke is a high energy player who gives a full effort each and every shift, a large reason why he was recruited by the University of Minnesota-Duluth. In the NCAA Koepke will be forced to improve his skating before he’s able to show off his high-level shot in peer-peer competition. He could turn out to be one of the highest value picks at this point in the draft for the Lightning. Brayden Olafson

Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 6.8
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth May 17, 1998
Height 6‘1”
Weight 196 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 6; Overall: 183


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Hermantown High USHS-MN25 17 1128 12|Playoffs6 1 34
 2014-2015 Team Kowalski's UMHSEHL19 4 48 8|Playoffs3 0 11
  B16 - Blue (Final 54)MNHP-163 3 25 -|        
  Team Forest USA-S164 3 14 -|        
  Hermantown High USHS-MN25 17 1936 12|Playoffs6 4 48
 2015-2016 Team Kowalski's UMHSEHL20 7 714 4|Playoffs3 3 14
  Hermantown High USHS-MN24 31 2253 23|Playoffs6 10 515
  Minnesota Wilderness