Six games into his rookie season, Jake Dotchin is all about being a student.
Crunch coach Rob Zettler noticed the defenseman's focus on improvement, comparing the rookie to a sponge.
"First off, a great work ethic and a fun kid to be around," Zettler said of the 20-year-old. "He tries to absorb all of it. He's a bit of a sponge that way."
Dotchin recorded his first pro point and fight last weekend, recording an assist in Syracuse’s loss to Portland Saturday and having a short-but-spirited bout with Matheiu Gagnon in a 5-1 loss to Springfield Saturday.
"There are a lot of firsts for everybody -- the fights, the points," Zettler said. "Just feeling the speed, feeling how quick this league is and how good it is, they still have a long way to go. They have taken some strides, but they're still learning."
Depleted Crunch nearly steal a point.
Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed 2 goals on 32 shots for the loss. It was an admirable effort under the circumstances, and he gave his club a chance.
POR Rieder, (1) (Martinook), 7:23 (SH)
POR Rieder, (2) (Bolduc), 6:53 (SH)
SYR Kunyk, (1) (Samson, Dotchin), 8:38
Congrats to Jake Dotchin on his first pro point.
Syracuse closes the weekend at Springfield tomorrow afternoon.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Jake Dotchin to an entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Dotchin, 20, skated in 63 games with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League during the 2013-14 regular season, posting 11 goals and 36 points. He led the Colts for penalty minutes with 121 and was third with a plus-22 rating. He ranked second among defensemen on Barrie for power-play goals with six and first for shorthanded goals with two. The Cambridge, Ontario native has also appeared in 11 playoff games for the Colts, recording three goals and five points.
The 6-foot-3, 209-pound defenseman has played in 193 career OHL games over his three year junior career, collecting 18 goals and 77 points to go along with 279 penalty minutes. Dotchin set career-highs in 2013-14 for goals (11), assists (25) and points (36).
Dotchin was selected by the Lightning in the sixth round, 161st overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft.
Ontario Hockey League
Sarnia Sting 3 @ Windsor Spitfires 6
D Slater Koekkoek, NB: 0-2-2, +5, 0 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-16-22, +25, 10 PIM
2012-13 totals: 40 GP, 6-23-29, -24, 28 PIM
Koekkoek, who is on well on pace for a career year, delivered yet another solid effort for the Spits, which rolled against Steven Stamkos' former club.
Kitchener Rangers 5 @ Barrie Colts 3
D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 1-1-2, E, 4 PIM
Season totals: 25 GP, 6-11-17, +17, 60 PIM
2012-13 totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With a goal and an assist Saturday night, Jake Dotchin -- who's already bested his previous season-best goal total -- is quickly honing in on, in roughly half the amount of games played, the career-best 19 points he registered with Owen Sound in 2011-2012.
Kingston Frontenacs 6 @ Belleville Bulls 4
W Henri Ikonen, KGN: 1-0-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 24 GP, 13-24-37, +14, 21 PIM
2012-13 totals: 61 GP, 22-29-51, +2, 30 PIM
Ikonen extended his point streak to eight games.
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have trimmed their training camp roster by three today, releasing forward Brett Welychka, defenseman Jake Dotchin and goaltender Eric Brassard from their amateur tryout agreements, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
The Lightning roster now consists of 59 players, of those there are 32 forwards, 22 defensemen and five goaltenders. The Lightning will travel to Orlando tomorrow night for their first preseason game when they host the St. Louis Blues at the Amway Center at 7 p.m.