BOLTS BY THE BAY – Jonathan Drouin has yet to play a game for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and yet he’s impressed fans and front office alike at each of his limited opportunities. He’s been humble and professional in front of the microphone, and he turned heads and raised eyebrows when he stepped onto the ice with his fellow Lightning prospects at the Bolts’ rookie camp earlier this month. With nothing left to prove in junior, and being ineligible for the A.H.L. just yet, it appears Drouin will be starting the 2013/2014 season with the Bolts.
And that, of course, leads to Calder trophy talk. Given Tampa Bay’s high-calibre offense, it’s only natural. If Drouin makes the team, he’s likely to be looked at as one of the Lightning’s top-six forwards, and therefore should see his fair share of time alongside the likes of Martin St. Louis, last year’s league-leading scorer, and Steven Stamkos, who probably started salivating the moment Drouin was drafted.
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