Lightning announce Jonathan Drouin back to junior. Too many people will look at it as a failure, but long-term thinking is never bad.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 29, 2013
The Tampa Bay Lightning have sent Jonathan Drouin back to junior.
The Lightning announced this afternoon that the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft has been reassigned to the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he will produce an unreal amount of points and destroy a number of opposing team.
Drouin recorded 41 goals and 105 points in just 49 games with the Mooseheads last year. He also had four points in six games with Team Canada at the world juniors.
Obviously this is huge news for Halifax. Although they still lost plenty of other pieces from last year’s Memorial Cup winning team, having Drouin in their lineup is a game changer. Or, y'know, they could trade him at Christmas and get a massive return. This is also big news for Canada’s world junior team.
The Mooseheads play in Saint John on Tuesday night but Stephane Leroux of RDS tweets that his first game of the season will be Friday in Sherbrooke.