Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin was on the ice Thursday with his teammates. He did some light shooting and stickwork, but mostly observed drills.
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Drouin isn't expected to be ready for the start of the 2014-15 season after sustaining a slight fracture in his right thumb in a training camp practice, but the organization is still trying to bring him up to speed while he's on the mend.
"I think it's just a little step, but there are many steps to come before I start shooting the way I want to," Drouin told the Lightning website.
The expectation is Drouin will miss 3-4 weeks with the injury, but his plan is to be a quick healer. The Lightning open the regular season on Oct. 9 against the Florida Panthers.
"I want to be on this lineup," Drouin said. "As soon as this season starts, I want to push for it. I'm sure I'll be fine."