Dotchin cleared waivers Saturday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports. The Lightning placed Dotchin on unconditional waivers due to a "material breach" of his contract. It's a rather ominous sign for the sixth-round pick (2012) that he went unclaimed, especially since training camp is open for NHL teams, and there's no doubt that some of them could use some extra depth on the blue line. Dotchin has collected 22 points (three goals, 19 assists) over 83 career contests with the Lightning. The 24-year-old is currently listed at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds, with physicality being one of his more positive traits.
Dotchin scored 11 points (three goals, eight assists) over 48 games during the 2017-18 campaign, averaging 16:29 of ice time. After starting out the season strong and playing in 19 of the first 20 games, Dotchin slowly started to see his playing time decrease throughout the year and only played in one game after Ryan McDonagh arrived in March. Although the lowered usage certainly raises questions toward his role next season, the 23-year-old was still able to score his first career NHL goal.
Dotchin (illness) is projected to be a healthy scratch for Thursday night's road tilt against the Bruins, according to an NHL.com game preview. This would be the sixth straight absence for Dotchin, who hasn't been seeing the ice all that much after the team traded for established blueliner Ryan McDonagh on Feb. 26.
Dotchin is dealing with an illness ahead of Thursday's road game against the Bruins, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports. There's no reason to believe that Dotchin's illness is more serious than your ordinary bug, so he should be considered day-to-day ahead of the next contest. The second-year defenseman has contributed three goals and 11 assists through 48 games this season.
Dotchin has not played since Feb. 22. He currently sits with 11 points in 45 games. The arrival of Ryan McDonagh (upper body) will make it even harder, if not impossible to get ice time. His 11 points equal his production from his rookie season (2016-17).
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