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Jonathan Drouin | Winger

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (19) / 3/28/1995
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 186
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Jonathan Drouin and the Tampa Bay Lightning believe heading back to junior last season made him a better player.
"As the year went on, Jonathan got better and better," GM Steve Yzerman said. "What I really like is when he went back (to juniors), he was the No. 1 penalty killer, ran the power play, played in all situations. We watched him play. He was dominating at both ends of the rink. His game evolved over one year. He got the opportunity there to do it, and I believe he's a better player because of it." Drouin feels he's further along too, but he knows he still has work to do before he can play in the NHL. "I'm closer than I was last year," he said Wednesday. "But it's not given to you. They proved it to me last year." Having said that, it would be very surprising if Drouin wasn't playing for the Lightning in 2014-15. Jul 3 - 11:45 AM

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Jonathan Drouin's chances of making the Lightning out of training camp improved when the team traded Nate Thompson, Teddy Purcell and B.J. Crombeen Sunday night.

GM Steve Yzerman expects those players to be replaced internally, so Drouin, Richard Panik and Brett Connolly will be intriguing players to watch at training camp. Tampa Bay may add some grit in free agency and a defenseman when free agency opens on Tuesday.
Jun 30 - 11:14 AM

Jonathan Drouin and some of Tampa Bay's other top prospects will attend the team's summer development camp in July.

The annual camp will run from July 2-6 and it will close with a 3-on-3 tournament on the final two days. It's a good warmup for the players before the NHL holds its prospect showcase tournaments prior to the start of training camps.
Jun 13 - 9:33 AM

Jonathan Drouin notched a goal and an assist for Canada's World Junior team in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Czech Republic.

He has a goal and four helpers in two games for Canada at the tournament. 2014 NHL draft prospect Sam Reinhart had a goal and an assist in the defeat as well, while Detroit selection Anthony Mantha picked up two assists.
Sat, Dec 28, 2013 06:20:00 PM

Team Canada's director of hockey operations and national teams, Scott Salmond, expects Jonathan Drouin to be fine to play in the World Junior Championships.

He suffered a concussion last week while playing in the QMJHL and the tournament begins on Dec. 26 in Sweden. "I expect he'll be prepared and ready to go, for sure," Salmond told metronews.ca. "But that's a pretty broad statement without having him evaluated." We'll keep you posted on Drouin's status.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 10:24:00 AM

Top Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin was knocked out of Friday night’s QMJHL game is reportedly experiencing "concussion-like symptoms."

This year’s second overall pick has 50 points through 23 games in major junior and is one of Team Canada’s top players heading into the World Junior Hockey Championships. For now, the Halifax Mooseheads have announced Drouin will not return to Friday’s game and will be re-evaluated by doctors on Saturday. The star was hurt after taking a hit from fellow Tampa Bay prospect Adam Erne. The Quebec Ramparts’ forward was given a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct for the hit.
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 08:18:00 PM

Jonathan Drouin is playing very well for Halifax in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

As you may recall, there was much talk that Drouin would start the season in the NHL with the Lightning, possibly on the team's first line with Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis. That did not come to pass. However, Drouin is still considered by many to be the best junior player in hockey right now. He has 19 points in 11 games in the QMJHL and remains a star in the making. If you are in a legacy/keeper league he is a must add as he will not doubt be a fantasy factor in the 2015-15 NHL campaign.
Sat, Nov 2, 2013 10:37:00 AM

Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman thought Jonathan Drouin would develop better at the junior level rather than seeing limited minutes in the NHL.

"We think he's an incredible talent, a very intelligent player, great hockey sense, great vision," Yzerman said. "Our biggest concern was ice time. Where is he going to play? Who is he going to play with? The way we're set up front, he's not going to get the minutes we want him to play, so it's best he goes back to junior." Drouin should dominate the QMJHL this season.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 11:10:00 AM

In a slight surprise, the Tampa Bay Lightning decided to send Jonathan Drouin back to the junior level.

Drouin, 18, seemed like he'd be a nice fit for the Bolts, possibly even complimenting Martin St. Louis and Steve Stamkos. That might be true, it just won't happen in 2013-14, so drop him if you decided to roll the dice with Drouin in deeper leagues.
Sun, Sep 29, 2013 02:04:00 PM

The Lightning brass are still debating whether to keep Jonathan Drouin in Tampa to start the season.

The 18-year-old, who was selected thrid overall in the June draft, has been steadily improving during the pre-season and played his best game Thursday alongside Steve Stamkos and Martin St. Louis. "You definitely want to seem him improve, and I think (Thursday) was probably the best game he has played with us,’" Lightning head coach Jon Cooper said. "And it's baby steps. He's 18 and he's just trying to get his feel and, as any 18-year-old, he's trying to survive. He's done a pretty good job. (Thursday) he kept up with the pace. He wanted the puck on his stick, he made plays and and made errors like anybody else. But it's much more gratifying to see that he’s improving every day instead of getting worse every day, so that's a good sign.’" The Bolts could keep Drouin for a nine-game trial before deciding his final fate. We suspect that is the route they will take. Needless to say, Drouin is immensely talented and will be a great pick now and for the future.
Sat, Sep 28, 2013 11:24:00 AM

The Tampa Bay Lightning are still mulling over what to do with prospect Jonathan Drouin.

He entered training camp with a great of hype, after being selected third overall in the 2013 draft, and has displayed flashes of his potential. However, it hasn't been determined by the team if he's ready to step into the NHL on a full-time basis yet. "The jump from junior to the NHL is a massive one," coach Jon Cooper said. "I can't imagine a jump from junior to the NHL. It's just a fact he's playing a game with so much more pace than what he's used to, and it takes time to catch up. You can see he's progressing each game. He looks more comfortable than he did at the rookie tournament games (before camp), so that's a good sign that he's slowly catching up to the game. But it's going to take time. Take where he was drafted out of the picture and let's just let the player develop. I don't think we can judge Jonathan Drouin in one month of his rookie season." Drouin believes he's "learned a lot" from his first NHL camp and he'll play wherever he's told.
Thu, Sep 26, 2013 10:43:00 AM

Jonathan Drouin returned to the wing for a situational scrimmage on Monday and he played on the same line as Steve Stamkos and Martin St. Louis.

"It was exciting to be on a line with those two guys," said Drouin after spending most of camp as a center. "They make plays. They're smart. It makes everything easier on the ice." We had been waiting for the Lightning to try out the third overall pick in the 2013 draft alongside their top guns. The trio will probably be used together in Tuesday's preseason game versus Nashville. If Drouin can start the regular season with Stamkos and/or St. Louis then his fantasy value increases substantially.
Mon, Sep 23, 2013 06:16:00 PM

Jonathan Drouin centered Vladislav Namestnikov and Nikita Kucherov in his preseason debut Thursday night.

He has been used in the middle since the beginning of training camp, but the Lightning aren't committed to playing him there. Drouin does have experience playing center and it doesn't matter to him what position he ends up drawing. He is getting more comfortable with his new surroundings and fantasy owners are waiting patiently for Tampa Bay to try him out alongside Martin St. Louis and/or Steve Stamkos at some point.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 08:08:00 AM

Jonathan Drouin and Brett Connolly stood out on a line together during Tuesday's scrimmage.

Drouin set up Connolly to score the lone goal of the contest. Both players have a lot of promise and are serious contenders to make the team's opening game roster. Drouin is also a top candidate to win the Calder Trophy after being taken with the third pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 03:28:00 PM

Jonathan Drouin was used at center between Vladislav Namestnikov and Brett Connolly at Thursday's training camp session.

"We're taking a look," coach Jon Cooper said of trying Drouin at center instead of left wing. "Maybe the fit for us in our organization is the wing, maybe it's at center. We're giving him a look in both spots just to see where he can fit." He played in the middle a little bit in junior hockey and didn't look out of place during the practice.
Fri, Sep 13, 2013 10:34:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steve Stamkos
2Valtteri Filppula
3Tyler Johnson
4Brian Boyle
5Cedric Paquette
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Jonathan Drouin
3Alex Killorn
4Brenden Morrow
5Brett Connolly
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3J.T. Brown
4Richard Panik
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Matt Carle
4Anton Stralman
5Radko Gudas
6Eric Brewer
7Mark Barberio
8Andrej Sustr
G1Ben Bishop
2Evgeni Nabokov