Found September 29, 2013 on The Fantasy Fix:
Tampa Bay Lightning first-round pick Jonathan Drouin was sent down to the Halifax Moosecats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League today according to Lightning beat reporter Missy Zielinski. The 18-year-old winger was a favorite among Fantasy Hockey writers (including us here at The Fix) to emerge as the left-winger on the first line with super-stars Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis. While fantasy owners who drafted Drouin are obviously disappointed, for the Lightning, it was probably the best thing for the winger’s future since he lacks physical maturity and defensive prowess at this point in time. Lost in this by fantasy owners, is the fact that while Drouin has been sent down, prospect Tyler Johnson was not. The 23-year-old center has excellent upside as he was named the AHL MVP last season. Johnson put up 65 points in 62 games for the Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay’s AHL affiliate) and amassed 68 points in 2011-2012 for the Norfolk Admirals (AHL).  Perhaps most incredible thoug...

Bolts face choice regarding top draft-pick Drouin

To keep or not to keep that is the question the Lightning face regarding top pick Jonathan Drouin. As Tampa Bay heads into the final preseason game Saturday against Florida at BB&T Center the roster is on the verge of being finalized. But it’s not there yet. Competition has been close among forwards vying for spots and several things factor into the decision of whether to...

Tampa sends Drouin back to juniors

The Tampa Bay Lightning are sending 2013 third-overall pick Jonathan Drouin back to the Halifax Mooseheads. Tampa announced its final roster on its official web site on Sunday and Drouin's name was amongst those reassigned.

Michael Stuart: Connolly, Drouin among Lightning's Final Roster Cuts

The Tampa Bay Lightning has released its final round of roster cuts. A total of ten players have been assigned to various minor leagues, including the American Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. From the Lightning's press release: The following is a list of players and where they have been assigned: ...

Bolts Send Drouin Back To Juniors

Lightning announced one of the cuts today was Drouin, who will head back to the Halifax Mooseheads. Wow. Jonathan Drouin @jodrouin27 going back to junior. Interesting. But long term, given his need to physically mature, makes a lot of sense — Eric Duhatschek (@eduhatschek) September 29, 2013

Eric Engels: Sending Drouin down now is bad for the Lightning, Habs need PK on PK

Stepping away from the Habs for a minute, have to comment on Steve Yzerman's decision to send Jonathan Drouin back to Halifax. I can appreciate not wavering from organizational philosophy. Last year, the Lightning could've kept Brett Connolly up with them, but they sent him back to the AHL (where he started the year). They don't want to enact entry-level deals and...

Michael Stuart: Lightning Drop Final Preseason Contest with Roster Cuts on the Horizon

The Tampa Bay Lightning closed its 2013 preseason in uninspiring fashion on Saturday night against the Florida Panthers. A shaky performance from Anders Lindback and an effort that failed to generate much offense combined to seal the deal on a 5-3 loss. The disheartening defeat moved the Lightning’s exhibition record to 5-2-0, with three of the victories coming in either overtime...

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