Jake Dotchin making most of his first NHL chance

Jake Dotchin enters camp knowing last year means little for this year

TAMPA – Jake Dotchin proved a second-half sensation.
In some ways, he was sort of a semi-savior as Dotchin’s presence on the blue line, paired with Victor Hedman, helped solidify the Tampa Bay Lightning blue line that fueled the team’s late-season surge.
It was one hell of a debut.
But that was sooooooo last year.
As the Lightning begin training camp, Dotchin is just one of a handful of defenseman trying to earn a spot on the opening night roster.
”We need him and expect him to play as well as he did last year, but it still has to be earned,’’ said associate coach Rick Bowness, who runs the de...


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