The Lightning have selected forward Jonathan Drouin with the third overall pick of the 2013 Entry Draft.
According to certain scouts, Drouin is an even better prospect than his Halifax teammate Nathan MacKinnon. The 18-year-old put together an incredible season, culminating in being named CHL Player of the Year. Drouin finished with an outrageous stat line, scoring 41 goals and registering 64 assists in only 49 regular season games. He was just as good in the playoffs, registering 44 points in 21 contests, en route to winning the Memorial Cup. Drouin's top skills are his ice-vision and his puck handling, and despite his lack of explosive speed, his acute hockey sense gives him the unique ability to see the play even before it fully develops. Size could be an issue, but he’s proven himself against larger opponents, especially in the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, when he finished the tournament on Team Canada's top line. There are openings in Tampa for a few forwards and Drouin is poised to grab a roster spot with a good showing in training camp.
Sun, Jun 30, 2013 03:22:00 PM