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from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
There's no question touted Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin would love to have played more in this postseason.
He's watched most of it from the press box, having played in just four games, the rest as a healthy scratch.
But Drouin, 20, denied Wednesday that there's a rift between him and coach Jon Cooper, claiming their relationship is good. A Toronto Sun story last week described how Cooper normally "avoids talking to or making eye contact with Drouin," and that the coach "seemingly has no faith or belief in" the No. 3 overall pick from 2013.
"We have a good relationship, we talk a lot," Drouin said. "There's not bad blood towards each other. Everything's perfect."
Drouin said he understands the reasons behind Cooper not playing him. Drouin also said Cooper is "easy to talk to," when you want advice, with a good line of communication.
from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,
“This isn’t a one-year investment. It’s long term with (Jonathan),” Cooper said. “It’s a different game than what he came from in junior. But he’s gotten better and better and better. It’s clear when you watch the games now. There’s more command of the puck. He doesn’t rush plays anymore. He knows he has a little more time.”
“The comfort level is way higher,” Drouin said. “Just confidence-wise, system-wise, I think I’m playing a little bit better.”
“It’s definitely not easy,” Stamkos said. “You’re that go-to guy in junior and you come in here and you’re not necessarily given anything right away. It’s tough to put up the same kind of numbers and have the same kind of expectations.”
On to the second half of Drouin’s first NHL season. He has shown star flashes, that stick work, a move or two that faked defenders out of their skates, some pretty assists to set up goals. There are moments with Drouin when we wonder “How’d he do that?” There are more moments when we ask when he’s going to do more.
Did you remember that Jonathan Drouin doesn’t turn 20 until March?
Everyone wants things to happen right away.
Life doesn’t usually work that way. No matter how fast you skate.
from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,
Team Canada will announce its roster for its World Junior camp on Monday.
Whether touted Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin is on it or not, he said he'd prefer to continue playing in the NHL rather than participate in the tournament, which is from Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Toronto and Montreal. The camp is from Dec. 7-9, with exhibitions starting Dec. 19.
"To be honest, I'd rather stay here," Drouin said Saturday. "It's one month you're away from the team and a lot of stuff is going to happen. I'd rather be here than play for World Juniors."
via Bob McKenzie tweets today...
Players invited do not include eligible NHLers (Lazar OTT, Duclair NYR, Horvat VAN, Drouin TB, Ekblad FLA, MacKinnon COL, Bennett CGY *inj).
Ekblad and MacKinnon, of course, are not actual considerations. Decisions on other four will be made by NHL clubs no later than Dec. 19.
Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers and Jonathan Drouin of the Tampa Bay Lightning scored last night.
Below, Droun's first NHL goal...
Most of the Calder Trophy forecasts for this year landed on one of Drouin, the Los Angeles Kings’ Tanner Pearson, the Washington Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov or Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau. MacKinnon didn’t get off to the fastest start last year either, but started to roll after about 10 games. You can imagine the same thing happening with Drouin once he settles into a routine. The kid looks good already. In time, he may look great.
-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail on Jonathan Drouin of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Read more on Drouin from Duhatschek.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
It's going to be fascinating to watch Drouin play for the Lightning, simply because he has elite level vision and puck skills that set him apart from, well, just about everybody. He won't like to hear it, but he's also a 19-year-old kid who's a lot better with the puck than without it and the challenge for any underage junior, and his team, is to find a way to embrace (offensive) assets while minimizing (defensive) deficiencies.
The fact the Lightning are a very good NHL team, with the look of a contender in the Eastern Conference, will require even more finesse in their handling of Drouin. Who comes out of the lineup for Drouin? Does he have to play in the top six? Or can he brought along more slowly on the third or fourth line? One suspects it will more likely be the latter.
Steven Stamkos is on fire and playing well with Ryan Callahan and Ondrej Palat on the top line. Valtteri Filpulla is between Alex Killorn and Tyler Johnson on the second line.
The third and fourth lines are more or less interchangeable, depending upon circumstances: Brian Boyle between Brenden Morrow and Brett Connolly; and, rookie Vladislav Namestnikov between Nikita Kucherov and J.T. Brown.
The Lightning have to find a spot for Drouin somewhere, sometime.
“From what I’ve heard and what I’ve seen (another year) has made a big difference (for Drouin).
“I think it probably lit a little fire under him. He’s out there to prove a lot of people wrong and that’s a good thing for us. Physically he looks a lot bigger, stronger and his skating looks great, his shot looks great.
“He’s always had the quickness, the smarts and the playmaking ability, so it looks like he has worked extremely hard and that’s a good thing to see from a guy who has always been the best player on his team.’’
-Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jonathan Drouin. More on Drouin from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
from Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times,
Adam Erne was not suspended for his from-behind hit Friday that caused Jonathan Drouin's head to hit the side glass and might have caused a concussion.
But the idea of one Lightning prospect injuring another in a junior Quebec league game raised an interesting question: Is there a responsibility for players in the same organization — likely future teammates, in fact — to play each other more carefully?
Lightning players, for the most part, said the only responsibility is to play the game clean.
"When the game starts, you have no friends," LW Pierre-Cedric Labrie said Saturday. "You have to finish your hits. But if it's an illegal hit, it doesn't matter who it is, you can't do that."
continued and if you missed the hit, watch it below...
Adam Erne, also a Lightning draft pick, was the player who put the hit on Drouin.
via the tweets of Willy Palov,
Drouin said he had "no clue" the Lightning were considering sending him back to Halifax: “Obviously it was devastating in a way...
You want to make the team as quick as possible. There’s a lot of years in front of me, one year’s not going to change much...
It’s disappointing but I’ve got to move on and help the team win another championship.”
Lightning announced one of the cuts today was Drouin, who will head back to the Halifax Mooseheads.