Dotchin, Jake

Lightning Return Dotchin to Juniors; Release Two Others

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.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5-13-13

Ontario Hockey League

(E2)Barrie Colts 2 @ (W1)London Knights 3
London wins best-of-7 OHL Finals, 4-3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 17 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 25 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Likely 2013 first rounder Bo Horvat scored his second goal of the game with less than a second remaining in regulation to give the London Knights a come-from-behind series win and the OHL championship. Barrie was up 3-1 in the series over the favored Knights, but couldn’t close out the defending champs. Barrie’s loss means Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin is done for the year – the last drafted/signed Lightning prospect still playing outside the AHL. We will continue to follow Halifax’s Nate MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin through the Memorial Cup tournament. The Lightning could pick one of the two with the third overall pick in this summer’s draft. WHL Portland, London, and tournament host Saskatoon will join Halifax in the tournament.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5-12-13

Ontario Hockey League

(W1)London Knights 5 @ (E2)Barrie Colts 4 (OT)
Best-of-7 OHL Finals tied, 3-3

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 16 GP, 1-4-5, +5, 25 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

London coughed up a 4-0 lead by allowing four third period goals, but the Knights scored on the second shot of overtime to force a Game 7 in London on Monday. Barrie scored the game-tying goal at 19:18 of the third period.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 5-10-13

Ontario Hockey League

(E2)Barrie Colts 4 @ (W1)London Knights 6
Barrie leads best-of-7 OHL Finals, 3-2

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM
Playoff totals: 15 GP, 1-4-5, +6, 25 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

London staved off elimination with a 6-4 win at home in Game 5 vs Barrie. Lightning prospect Jake Dotchin was back in the Colt lineup after missing five games due to suspension. He did not register a point on Friday. London had a 4-1 lead entering the third period, and though the Colts twice cut the lead to two goals, they could never complete the comeback. Barrie will have another chance to clinch the league championship Saturday night at home.

Quebec Major Junior Hockey League

(2)Baie-Comeau Drakkar 1 @ (1)Halifax Mooseheads 5
Halifax wins best-of-7 QMJHL Finals, 4-1

C Nathan MacKinnon, HAL: 1-1-2, +2, 4 SOG, 2 PIM, 2 Hits
Playoff totals: 17 GP, 11-22-33, +17, 12 PIM
Season totals: 44 GP, 32-43-75, +40, 45 PIM

W Jonathan Drouin, HAL: 1-0-1, +2, 4 SOG, 0 PIM, 1 Hit
Playoff totals: 17 GP, 12-23-35, +22, 14 PIM
Season totals: 49 GP, 41-64-105, +48, 32 PIM

Halifax won their first President Cup as QMJHL champs with a 5-1 win on Friday night. Jonathan Drouin, the league’s regular season MVP, won playoff MVP with 35 points in 17 games. Halifax will travel to Saskatoon to participate in the 2013 Memorial Cup next week.

Note: With the Lightning picking No. 3 in this summer’s draft, it is expected they will choose either MacKinnon or Drouin with their first round pick. While that could change, we will follow both prospects for the duration of their playoff run as we did with Steven Stamkos after the Lightning won the 2008 draft lottery.

NA Juniors Playoff Game Night: 3-25-13

Ontario Hockey League

(W2)Barrie Colts 4 @ (E7)Kingston Frontenacs 2
Barrie leads best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, 3-0

D Jake Dotchin, BAR: 0-1-1, +1, 2 PIM
Playoff totals: 3 GP, 0-1-1, +1, 8 PIM
Season totals: 66 GP, 4-18-22, E, 81 PIM
With Barrie: 28 GP, 2-6-8, -1, 42 PIM
With Owen Sound: 38 GP, 2-12-14, +1, 39 PIM

Barrie took a commanding 3-0 series lead on the Fronts with a 4-2 win on Monday night. Jake Dotchin, who has played a strong physical series, had his first point of the 2013 post-season and his fourth career post-season point. He had three assists in five games with Owen Sound last year. The Colts can close out the series on Wednesday.

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