In late September, with the NHL’s regular season fast approaching, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman had a difficult decision to make.
At the end of the day, he chose to ship Jonathan Drouin, the 2013 third overall pick, back to junior.
Yzerman told NHL.com the organization, while overjoyed to have such a talent in its system, felt Drouin would be “better served by playing another year of junior hockey.”
We’re now a month away from Christmas and Drouin remains in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The elusive Halifax Mooseheads forward has trampled all over the competition thus far, racking up a remarkable 44 points in 18 games to rank second in the ‘Q’ in scoring.
Though there was little doubt beforehand, Drouin showed Friday why he is a cut above his peers in junior.
Understatement of the year: This kid will be fun to watch for the next 20 years.