Since being assigned to the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) in September by theTampa Bay Lightning, Jonathan Drouin has made a statement. Complementing a strong opening to the Mooseheads’ 2013-14 campaign, Drouin recorded 23 points in 12 games.
His most recent accomplishment came after collecting eight points in three games this past week. Drouin’s performance against Val-D'Or on Saturday night capped-off a successful stretch, notching four points (twogoals, two assists), as his final tally came off an empty net goal after a big penalty kill in the final three minutes of the game.
Drouin, 18, was selected third overall in the first round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the Lightning and skated in 49 games with the Mooseheads last season, registering 41 goals and 105 points to go along with 32 penalty minutes. He ranked first on the Mooseheads in goals, assists, points and shorthanded goals and helped Halifax win the Memorial Cup, recording five assists in the championship game against the WHL's Portland Winterhawks.
At the conclusion of the 2012-13 season, the 5-foot-11, 176-pound forward, was named as the Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year and was the QMJHL’s Michel Briere-winner as the Most Valuable Player. Making theQMJHL First All-Star Team, Drouin won the Michael Bossy Trophy as the QMJHL’s top draft prospect and was the QMJHL’s Playoff MVP. He also skated in six games with Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF Junior World U-20 Championships in Ufa, Russia, recording two goals and four points in six games.
Drouin will look to continue his point streak and improve the team’s current record of 14-8 as the Mooseheads travel home Friday when the Moncton Wildcats visit the Metro Centre for an 8 p.m. puck drop.