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Injured Drouin doesn't practice with Lightning

by Staff

The Tampa Bay Lightning kept rookie Jonathan Drouin out of training camp activities Saturday because of what the team said is an upper-body injury.

Drouin, ranked No. 1 on's list of the Top 60 prospects in the League, is officially listed as day-to-day.

"This is not a long-term thing,"’ coach Jon Cooper told The Tampa Tribune. "For us, his training camp started (with the prospect team) on Sept. 11. He played three games in the rookie tournament, and he’s grinded it out. He got nicked up a little bit, and the one thing is that, this is by no means serious. We expect he’ll be back next week at some point. ... It was a freak thing, so there is no alarm."

The report said Drouin is unlikely to participate in scrimmages on Sunday or Monday. He status for preseason games is undetermined.

The 19-year-old was the third player taken in the 2013 NHL Draft but was returned to his junior team by the Lightning before the season started. He came to camp this year after scoring 29 goals and 108 points in his third season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Lightning open their preseason schedule Tuesday against the Nashville Predators. Tampa Bay begins begin the regular season at home against the Florida Panthers on Oct. 9.

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