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Drouin scratched after missing meeting: report

Lightning prospect did not play AHL game for Syracuse against Utica

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Forward Jonathan Drouin did not play for Syracuse against Utica on Wednesday because he missed a pre-practice meeting Tuesday, Syracuse.com reported.

The American Hockey League affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lighting said it will be a one-game benching, the website said. Drouin reportedly said he had a problem with his alarm clock and apologized, taking full responsibility.

Drouin returned to play for Syracuse on March 11 after he was suspended by the Lightning for not reporting to a game against Utica on Jan. 20. He had made a trade request through his agent in November.

The 20-year-old, who was the third pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has five goals and one assist in six games since returning to Syracuse.

Syracuse general manager Julien BriseBois told Syracuse.com that Drouin "has been great since returning to the team" and this "does not change how the organization feels about him."

Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said March 15 that the chance of Drouin being recalled to the NHL was "very realistic."

Yzerman said he wanted to deal Drouin prior to the NHL Trade Deadline, but he did not. Drouin was demoted on Jan. 8 after scoring two goals with six assists in 19 games for the Lightning.

Tweet from @syrhockey: Drouin will be held out of tonight���s game in Utica. It���s a consequence of missing a pre practice team meeting on Tuesday

Tweet from @syrhockey: Drouin said he had an alarm clocks clock problem. Apologized and accepted full responsibility

Tweet from @syrhockey: BriseBois said this will be only game he sits. Said Drouin has been great since returning to team and

Tweet from @syrhockey: Doesn���t change how the organization feels about him

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