Dec 31, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wingJonathan Drouin
(27) carries the puck up ice during the first period against the Buffalo Sabres at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning
Coming off of a disastrous season, the Tampa Bay Lightning looked to turn things around with a top-3 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. With the pick, the Bolts picked the highly talented and exciting Jonathan Drouin, a teammate of 1st overall pick Nathan MacKinnon in Halifax of the QMJHL.
Unlike MacKinnon, Drouin returned for another year in Halifax for the 2013-2014 season, where he had another amazing year. He tallied a whopping 108 points in 46 games with the Mooseheads that year.
The 2014-2015 would make Drouin’s highly anticipated NHL debut, and while he hasn’t been a standout star like he was in the Quebec league, he has been good.
32 games in, Drouin has 16 points and is a -1. He has been scratched for several games, as well. In 2 AHL games this season, he has 3 points.
Drouin, in my opinion, was the 2nd best forward in the draft, and he has a great chance to success with the Lightning. With Stamkos, Johnson, Pallat, Callahan, and other young stars in the Lighting system, Drouin has a very bright future in Tampa.
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