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Be Careful Tampa Bay If Trading Jonathan Drouin

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Peter Chiarelli is friendly with Steve Yzerman. Chiarelli worked for Yzerman, Team Canada’s general manager, during the 2014 Winter Olympics. The two collaborated on the Brett Connolly trade, one of Chiarelli’s final transactions before he was fired by the Bruins.

It’s a good bet, then, that Yzerman has considered the fallout of Chiarelli’s July 4, 2013, trade of Tyler Seguin when considering the future of Jonathan Drouin.

Trading Seguin may become one of the worst deals in Bruins history. It’s possible that after this season, Joe Morrow will be the only player remaining in Boston from the original trade. Seguin, meanwhile, is on pace to earn a Hall of Fame plaque.

Based on skill, Drouin could end up in the same destination. There are few players who have the speed, quickness, hands, and creativity of the Tampa wing. The 20-year-old has not even come close to reaching his potential.

Yet Drouin, for some reason, already wants out from the organization that drafted him third overall in 2013. The Lightning will be in no hurry to accommodate Drouin’s wish. His age, ceiling, and lack of movement leaguewide indicate a trade will not happen any time soon.

Yzerman has a lot to lose by trading Drouin. Twenty-nine of his rivals know he’s selling low. In 19 games this season, Drouin has two goals and six assists. He has not done much with his opportunity. In 89 career NHL games, Drouin has six goals and 34 assists.

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