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Lightning send No. 3 pick Drouin to QMJHL

by NHL.com Staff

Jonathan Drouin, the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, will not begin his NHL career just yet.

The Tampa Bay Lightning announced their final roster moves before the start of the regular season, and Drouin has been sent to the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Drouin had 41 goals and 105 points in 49 regular-season games and 13 goals and 44 points in 21 postseason contests for the Mooseheads in 2012-13, partnering with No. 1 pick Nathan MacKinnon to form one of the top duos in junior hockey.

MacKinnon is not expected to go back to Halifax, so Drouin will need to find a new partner. He's almost certain to be a top player for Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships as well.

The Lightning also sent Brett Connolly, the No. 6 pick in the 2010 draft, to Syracuse of the American Hockey League. Connolly played 68 games with the Lightning in 2011-12, but only five last season and has just five goals and 16 points in his NHL career.

Other players sent to Syracuse include forwards Mike Angelidis, J.T. Brown, Nikita Kucherov and Dan Tyrell as well as defensemen J.P. Cote, Dmitry Korobov and Matt Taormina. Goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis was sent to Florida of the ECHL.

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