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.