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In MacKinnon's absence, Drouin soars

by Mike G. Morreale

Left wing Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads has taken his offensive game to new heights this season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The No. 3 player on NHL Central Scouting's midterm release of the top 2013 draft-eligible North American skaters, Drouin is on an 18-game point scoring streak for the Mooseheads. During that stretch, he's accounted for 18 goals and 37 points.

The 5-foot-10.75, 185-pounder leads Halifax with 33 goals, 44 assists and 77 points in 37 games -- a 2.08 points-per-game average. In 70 career games with the Mooseheads, he's struck for 40 goals and 106 points.

Despite the absence of injured linemate Nathan MacKinnon the past two games, Drouin has produced four goals, five points and a plus-3 rating. MacKinnon, who will be sidelined at least two weeks with a lower-body injury suffered Feb. 12, is ranked No. 2 on Central Scouting's midterm list.

During his team's 6-3 victory over the Shawinigan Cataractes and before 7,900 fans at the Halifax Metro Centre on Friday, Drouin produced a highlight-reel, end-to-end rush that he capped by navigating his way through three players once he crossed the opposing blue line before whisking a shot past the goalie.


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