The Tampa Bay Lightning may have a deal in place to protect their young defenseman from Vegas in the expansion draft.
That’s what Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times is hearing anyway.
Koekkoek was the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft. Now 23, he has yet to make a big impact in the NHL; however, he did play 29 games for the Lightning this past season.
Dotchin, also 23, was a pleasant surprise in 2016-17. The rookie ended up playing 35 games, drawing praise from head coach Jon Cooper.