Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 7/5/13
Forward Jonathan Drouin, the third overall selection in this years NHL draft, was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced Friday. Drouin will participate in the Lightnings annual development camp that begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Brandon, Fla. Drouin, 18, played 49 games with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season and earned 41 goals and 105 points. He led his team in goals, assists (64) and in shorthanded goals with four. The native of Ste-Agathe, Quebec, was named the Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's most valuable player. At 5-foot-11, 176 pounds, Drouin played 82 career Quebec Major Junior Hockey League games, all with Halifax. He has earned 48 goals and 134 points to go with a plus-43 rating. The Lightning also agreed to a five-year, 25-million contract with unrestricted free agent forward Valtteri Filppula. Filppula scored nine goals and 17 points in 41 games with the Detroit Red Wings last season.
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