Dotchin was a revelation last season. He didn't look out of place on the top pairing beside Victor Hedman and he put up 11 helpers in 35 games. Sure, Dotchin got his shot because the Bolts were hurt by injuries, but this 6-foot-3, 210-pound right shot played smart, responsible hockey with a snarl. In fact, Dotchin plays old school, minor-pro style hockey - he hits hard, low and sometimes a little late. That has gotten him into some disciplinary problems (just Google Jake Dotchin hits). he'll be in tough to win a full-time gig given the arrivals of Dan Girardi and Mikhail Sergachev, not to mention the presence of Slater Koekkoek. But Dotchin has proven people wrong at every level. He's on a one-way deal and his grit provides the Bolts something they sorely lack. Dotchin could deliver multi-categorical production in a couple years, though that could come sooner if someone in the top four goes down with injury. Otherwise, he's waiver material.
Dotchin was re-signed to a two-year, one-way contract with the Lightning valued at $812,500 on Wednesday. While Dotchin was left unprotected for the expansion draft, the Bolts still hold this prospect in high regard. The 6-foot-3, 212-pound defenseman tacked on 11 assists in 35 games as a rookie this past season, and he produced 105 PIM in just as many contests with AHL Syracuse. The one-way element of his new deal means he'll require waivers in order to be send down to the minors.
Dotchin, who impressed last season as a rookie, was left unprotected by the Lightning in advance of the upcoming expansion draft. The 23-year-old impressed with his steady approach in 35 games in 2016-17 and was on many pundits' protection lists prior to Sunday. It remains to be seen if Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman will work out some kind of side deal with Vegas to have it pass Dotchin by.
Dotchin was demoted to AHL Syracuse on Monday. Dotchin closed out the season on a high note with four helpers in five games. Despite averaging 18:26 of ice time across 35 contests this season, the 23-year-old failed to register his first NHL goal. With the Crunch hoping to make a deep run in the Calder Cup Playoffs, the Ontario native should provide some defensive help on the blue line. Given his performance with the Lightning, look for Dotchin to compete for a spot in training camp.
Dotchin posted an assist with a plus-2 rating, a minor penalty and four hits in Friday's 4-2 win against the Canadiens. Dotchin has assists in back-to-back games, showing no ill effects of a cheap shot to the groin area from Boston's Brad Marchand on Tuesday. The 22-year-old rearguard has emerged as a dependable option on the back end for Tampa since being summoned to the big club.
Dotchin handed out two assists and went plus-2 against the Bruins on Thursday. This marks the first multi-point effort of the rookie's career, which is now 26 games deep. The 22-year-old Dotchin hasn't ever shown much offensive ability at the AHL level, nor do his eight assists and 37 shots at the NHL level inspire confidence from a fantasy perspective, but he's become a trusted and steady option on the back end for Tampa in the two months since his promotion.
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