Tampa Bay Lightning 1st round pick in the 2013 draft (#3 overall) left wing Jonathan Drouin(27) played a pair of AHL games for minor league affiliate Syracuse Crunch after breaking his thumb early in training camp workouts and getting reassigned to start his pro career.
He scored the game-winning goal in his debut and added a pair of assists the next night. He also had a +4 rating.
That was all the parent club needed to see before he was recalled to the NHL.
He was scheduled to be a healthy scratch after a long day of travel but was inserted into the lineup and skating 22 shifts for 16:01 of total ice time with a -1 in a 3-2 loss.
The next night he added to his totals, recorded his first big league point, an assist and came away with a +1 in an overtime victory.
At only 5’11” 186 lbs. he is thought of as the whole package.
The 19-year is poised to have an outstanding rookie campaign on a team stacked with offensive talent.