The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned forward Jonathan Drouin to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Drouin suffered a slight fracture in his right thumb and has been sidelined since mid-September.
Drouin, 19, skated in 46 games last season for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, posting 29 goals and 108 points. He led the Mooseheads for assists (79) and points. The 5-foot-11, 178 pound forward also recorded 10 power-play goals and three shorthanded tallies. Drouin ranked third in the QMJHL for points and led the league for assists.
The Ste-Agathe, Quebec native appeared in seven games for Team Canada at the 2014 World Jr. Championships, collecting three goals and nine points. Drouin served as an alternate captain for the team. He also skated for Team Canada at the 2013 World Jr. Championships.
Drouin played in 128 career QMJHL games, all with Halifax, recording 77 goals and 242 points over three seasons. He won the Memorial Cup with Halifax in 2013 and led his team for assists and points during the QMJHL playoffs.
Drouin was drafted by Tampa Bay in the first round, third overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft.
BP Commentary: This will get Drouin back in game shape as he missed most of the preseason. Syracuse fans will get to see the top-rated prospect in hockey for at least two weekends. It's expected Drouin will play through the Crunch's 3-game roadie next weekend. We'll have nightly updates from Syracuse this weekend courtesy of our Syracuse writer, Jeremy Houghtaling.
Defenseman Daniel Milan was assigned by the ECHL's Florida Everblades to the Wichita Thunder, formerly of the CHL, but now in the ECHL. This doesn't bode well for Milan getting another year on his contract, but Milan is a fighter. Literally and figuratively.