Tampa Bay Lightning 2013 Prospect Development Camp: A Look Inside

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Jonathan Drouin

As most of you already know, Jonathan Drouin was drafted 3rd overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in this year’s NHL Draft.

Before joining the Lightning organization, the 18 year old left winger played for the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL.

Let me start out by saying that I am thoroughly amazed by this guy.

After watching the Huberdeau, QC native in action live and in person, there is no doubt in my mind that he can, and should, get a spot on the Lightning’s main roster next season.

The 5’10” 186 pound left winger has amazing speed on the ice; controlled speed at that.

Watching him control the puck and make plays is like watching a Vincent Van Gogh painting unfold stroke by stroke on the canvas right in front of your very eyes. His fluid motion and Lightning fast reflexes that could make the most difficult of plays look like child’s play.

I am usually not one to take someone’s word for it when they compare one player to another, especially when that “other player” happens to be my absolute favorite hockey player, but I can assure you that when people compare Drouin to Lightning right wing Martin St. Louis, the comparison is most definitely there, and most definitely accurate.

Being completely honest with you, I could see it as a viable possibility for Lightning Head Coach Jon Cooper to move Drouin to the first line and pair him up with center Steven Stamkos.

If Drouin could perform as well as he did paired up with linemate Nathan MacKinnon on the Halifax Mooseheads, can you imagine what kind of an impact he could have paired up with Stamkos?

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