Dotchin, Jake

Dotchin, Koekkoek on the Move

Lightning prospect defenseman Jake Dotchin was traded today from OHL Owen Sound to the Barrie Colts. The OHL trade deadline was today at noon.

Dotchin, a 2012 sixth round pick by Tampa Bay, has two goals and 14 points in 38 games this season. There was talk that Dotchin wasn't being utilized to his full extent in Owen Sound, so he may get more opportunities - especially on the power play - in Barrie. The Colts are tied with Owen Sound, ironically, for the second-most point in the league with 53. London leads with 71.

Dotchin, who was traded for two third rounders, a fourth, and a fifth, is primarily a stay-at-home defenseman though many observers think he's capable of more offensively. He recently had a stretch when he scored nine points in 12 games. The 6-3, 222-pound defenseman is scoreless in his last three games.

As was reported Wednesday night, Lightning 2012 first rounder Slater Koekkoek was traded from the Peterborough Petes to the Windsor Spitfires for Avalanche prospect Michael Clarke and two second round picks. Koekkoek was rumored to be on the trade block as the Petes are tied for last in the league in points and continue to undergo changes on and off the ice. They’ve replaced their coach and general manager already this year.

Windsor is not much better in the standings than Peterborough (seven points), but their GM, former NHLer Warren Rychel, heads a strong major junior program with the resources to put a winner on the ice. Koekkoek will be back in juniors again next year and Rychel likely had next year in mind when he made this deal.

“Anytime you can acquire a player like Slater, it's great,” Rychel said in a team release. “We needed a frontline defenseman. And he is one of the top players in the world at his position.”

He will be in the Spitfires' lineup tonight against Dylan Blujus and Brampton.

The hope for Koekkoek, who was the Petes captain, is he receives the proper discipline and development to make the jump to the AHL a little smoother in two years while returning Windsor to OHL prominence.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-9-13 (Koekkoek Traded)

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Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Erie Otters 4

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

A late delay of game penalty by the Attack resulted in an Otter power play goal with 35 seconds left in regulation that gave Erie a 4-3 home win. Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin was scoreless in the game, but the story here is that he was still with the Attack. He was rumored to be involved in trade talks this week as the OHL trade deadline approached. Senators first round defenseman Cody Ceci was acquired by Owen Sound and had an assist in his Attack debut.

TRADE

According to multiple reports, Lightning 2012 first rounder Slater Koekkoek was traded late Wednesday night from the Peterborough Petes to the Windsor Spitfires for Avalanche prospect Michael Clark and two second round picks. Koekkoek was rumored to be on the trade block as the Petes are tied for last in the league in points and continue to undergo changes on and off the ice. They’ve replaced their coach and general manager already this year.

Windsor is not much better in the standings than Peterborough (seven points), but their GM, former NHLer Warren Rychel, heads a strong major junior program with the resources to put a winner on the ice. Koekkoek will be back in juniors again next year and Rychel likely had next year in mind when he made this deal. The hope for Koekkoek, who was the Petes captain, is he receives the proper discipline and development to make the jump to the AHL a little smoother in two years while returning Windsor to OHL prominence.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-5-13

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Rimouski Oceanic 3 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-2-2, +2, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, 0 Hits
Season totals: 37 GP, 15-34-49, +20, 71 PIM

Cedric Paquette (pictured) set a new career high for himself with 49 points this season, surpassing the 48 points he registered last year in 63 games. He has at least a point in 17 of his last 19 games. He has 29 points in those 19 games. The Armada scored the game’s final three goals on Saturday night to defeat Rimouski.

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Owen Sound Attack 2 @ Saginaw Spirit 6

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 2-12-14, +2, 39 PIM

Owen Sound had a rough night, losing their second straight in Michigan, this time 6-2 to Saginaw. They lost to Plymouth on Friday night. Jake Dotchin was scoreless for the Attack.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-4-13

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Brampton Battalion 3 @ Sudbury Wolves 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-1-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 41 GP, 2-16-18, -8, 30 PIM

Brampton spotted Sudbury a 4-0 lead through two periods before chipping at the lead to pull within one goal with seven minutes to play in regulation. The Battalion couldn’t get the equalizer and lost, 4-3. Blujus’ assist came on the power play. He has registered at least a point in only six of his last 22 games (9 points total in that time).

Owen Sound Attack 3 @ Plymouth Whalers 4

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 36 GP, 2-12-14, +2, 39 PIM

Owen Sound crossed the border into Michigan and found themselves down 3-0 after two periods. The Attack scored three times in just over two minutes mid-way through the third period, but a power play goal by the Whalers with 13 seconds remaining made the comeback all for not in the standings.

Peterborough Petes 3 @ Kitchener Rangers 4 (SO)

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 6-22-28, -26, 28 PIM

New coach Jody Hull has the Petes playing at a high level, and the league’s last place team went toe-to-toe with Kitchener before falling in a shootout. Koekkoek’s 5-game point streak came to an end in the loss. The teams combined for 97 shots on goal, with the Rangers winning that statistical battle, 49-48.

NA Juniors Game Night: 1-2-13

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Kitchener Rangers 3 @ Owen Sound Attack 1

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 2-12-14, +3, 39 PIM

Kitchener skated to a 3-0 win in Owen Sound despite not having WJCers Ryan Murphy (Canada), John Gibson (USA), Radek Faska (Czech Republic), Tobias Reider (Germany), and coach Steve Spott (Canada). Owen Sound was missing goalie Jordan Binnington (Canada). The Rangers pulled within eight points of the Attack for second in the Midwest Division. London sits in first, 14 points up. Dotchin’s assist was his ninth point in his past 12 games.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-30-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Gatineau Olympiques 6 @ Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 5 (SO)

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM, 6 SOG, 1 Hit
Season totals: 35 GP, 15-31-46, +18, 71 PIM

One game after having his point streak snapped at 10 games, Cedric Paquette had two assists in a 6-5 shootout loss to visiting Gatineau. The Olympiques managed just nine shots through regulation to Blainville’s 40, but scored on five of them. Gatineau outshot the Armada 5-0 in overtime and won the shootout, 1-0. Paquette is now within two points of his career high for points in a season, which was 48, set last year in 63 games. While his goal pace is behind last year’s (31 in 63 games), his assist numbers are blowing away last years totals (31-17).

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Brampton Battalion 4 @ Mississauga Steelheads 5 (SO)

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-2-2, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 38 GP, 2-15-17, -8, 30 PIM

Dylan Blujus (pictured) had his third multi-point game of the season in a shootout loss to Mississauga. The Steelheads won the 7-round shootout, 2-1. Blujus was the final shooter for Brampton, and did not convert.

Owen Sound Attack 4 @ Oshawa Generals 2

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 34 GP, 2-11-13, +3, 37 PIM

Down 2-1 in the third period, Owen Sound fought back for a 4-2 win in Oshawa. Former Lightning prospect Geoffrey Schemitsch was scoreless and minus-2 in the match for the Gens. He has 21 points in 37 games this year for Oshawa. The Lightning chose not to sign him following last season, thereby forfeiting his rights.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-28-12

Ontario Hockey League

Brampton Battalion 3 @ Sarnia Sting 2

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 37 GP, 2-13-15, -10, 28 PIM

Blake Clarke (2014) scored twice to lead Brampton to a 3-1 road win over Sarnia.

Erie Otters 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 6

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-3-3, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 2-11-13, +4, 37 PIM

Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin (pictured) had a career-high three assists in one game as the Attack earned two points by beating visiting Erie, 6-1. This was Dotchin’s second 3-point game in his career – he had a goal and two assists against Peterborough last February. He now has 13 points in 33 games and is on pace to set a new career high for goals, assists, and points in a season (3-16-19 in 2011-12).

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Kingston Frontenacs 2

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 6-20-26, -23, 28 PIM

Slater Koekkoek scored his sixth goal of the season late in the third on the power play to put the game away for Peterborough, who beat Kingston on the road, 5-2. Koekkoek, who hit the post minutes before he scored, slid into the high slot from the right point and one-timed a pass from Steven Trojanovic (undrafted) through Kingston goalie Mike Morrison (undrafted), who played for the Petes last year. The puck trickled over the line before being swept back into play, but the referee ruled it a goal. The OHL offices in Toronto took more than eight minutes to confirm it was a goal.

Note: Prospects Nikita Kucherov (Rouyn-Noranda, QMJHL), Artem Sergeev (Val-d'Or, QMJHL), and Tanner Richard (Guelph, OHL) are participating in the 2013 World Junior Championships and are therefore not with their respective club teams.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-15-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Rouyn-Noranda 6

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 0-1-1, E, 2 PIM, 2 SOG, 6 Hits
Season totals: 32 GP, 15-28-43, +17, 56 PIM

W Nikita Kucherov, R-N: Did not play.
Season totals: 13 GP, 9-13-22, +5, 2 PIM
With R-N: 7 GP, 6-6-12, +6, 0 PIM
With Quebec: 6 GP, 3-7-10, -1, 2 PIM

Cedric Paquette’s point streak rose to nine games with an assist in a loss to Rouyn-Noranda. Lightning prospect Nikita Kucherov was not in the lineup for the Huskies as he is in Russia preparing for the World Junior Championships. Paquette’s six hits were the most by any player on either team.

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Brampton Battalion 1 @ Owen Sound Attack 4

D Dylan Blujus, BRAM: 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM
Season totals: 35 GP, 2-13-15, -10, 26 PIM

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: 32 GP, 2-8-10, +3, 35 PIM

Owen Sound scored the game’s final three goals to complete a 4-1 win over visiting Brampton. Both Lightning prospects, Dylan Blujus of Brampton and Jake Dotchin of Owen Sound, were scoreless in the game. Brampton remained seven points behind first place Barrie in the Central Division and Owen Sound stayed nine points behind London, who won their 20th straight game, in the Midwest Division.

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-14-12

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3 @ Val-d’Or Foreurs 5

D Artem Sergeev, VDO: Did not play
Season totals: 29 GP, 5-18-23, +9, 24 PIM

C Cedric Paquette, BLB: 2-0-2, +1, 2 PIM, 8 SOG, 0 Hits, *Second Star*
Season totals: 31 GP, 15-27-42, +17, 54 PIM

Cedric Paquette (pictured) extended his point streak eight games, but his Armada fell to Val-d’Or, 5-3, on Friday night. Paquette has five points in his last two games. He has at least a point in 12 of his last 13 games. Former Lightning prospect camper Brandon Hynes, playing his first game with the Foreurs after a trade this week from Victoriaville, had a goal. Arterm Sergeev did not play. He is in Russia for the World Junior Championships.

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Owen Sound Attack 2 @ London Knights 3

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-1-1, E, 0 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 2-8-10, +2, 35 PIM

In a big divisional game at the Labatt’s Center, former Lightning prospect camper Seth Griffith (Bruins) scored the game’s first goal, then its final goal with four seconds remaining to give London their 19th straight win. Owen Sound had tied the game at 19:36 of the third. Griffith has 23 goals this season. The Attack are now nine points behind London for the Midwest Division lead.

Peterborough Petes 2 @ Ottawa 67’s 5

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 33 GP, 4-20-24, -20, 28 PIM

Peterborough outshot Ottawa, 34-31, but lost to the 67’s, 5-2. Ottawa pulled back in front of Peterborough, 21 points to 20, in the race to stay out of the OHL basement. The Petes have scored 38 fewer goals than the 67’s this year (85).

NA Juniors Game Night: 12-8-12

Ontario Hockey League

Belleville Bulls 4 @ Owen Sound Attack 2

D Jake Dotchin, OS: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM
Season totals: 30 GP, 2-7-9, +2, 35 PIM

Owen Sound gave up two third period goals to lose for the second straight night. The Attack outshot Belleville, 42-28, but were stymied by Charlie Graham (2013), who was filling in for Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban.

Guelph Storm 8 @ Erie Otters 0

C/W Tanner Richard, GUE: 0-4-4, +3, 0 PIM, *Third Star*
Season totals: 29 GP, 3-36-39, +14, 65 PIM

Tanner Richard (pictured) had four assists in his last game before leaving for the World Junior Championships. His 36 assists this year are second in the league to Islander prospect Ryan Strome’s 40. Richard has had three or more points four times in his last 10 games.

Peterborough Petes 5 @ Sudbury Wolves 4 (SO)

D Slater Koekkoek, PBO: 0-1-1, +2, 2 PIM
Season totals: 31 GP, 4-19-23, -20, 26 PIM

Peterborough won for the second-straight game, topping Sudbury in a shootout. Slater Koekkoek was plus-2 again for the Petes, making him plus-4 in his last two games.

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