Drouin, Jonathan

Bolts Ink Jonathan Drouin to Entry Level Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed the third overall selection of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, Jonathan Drouin, to a three-year, entry level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Drouin will be participating in the Lightning’s annual development camp which kicks off tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum.

Drouin, 18, skated in 49 games with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, registering 41 goals and 105 points to go along with 32 penalty minutes. He ranked first on the Mooseheads for goals, assists (64), points and shorthanded goals with four. The Ste-Agathe, Quebec native also led all Moosehead forwards with a plus-48 rating during the regular season. He ranked second in the QMJHL for points, third in assists and ranked tied for seventh for goals. Drouin also skated in 17 playoff games, recording 12 goals and 35 points with 14 penalty minutes. He helped the Mooseheads win the Memorial Cup, recording five assists in the championship game against the Portland Winterhawks.

2013 NHL Draft: 1st Round, 3rd Overall

Name: Jonathan Drouin
Position: Left Wing
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 186 lbs
Club: Halifax (QMJHL)

Tampa Bay elects to forego selecting perhaps the best need pick in favor of the player who might be the best prospect in this draft in slick winger Jonathan Drouin out of Halifax. Drouin starred on a line with top overall pick Nathan MacKinnon as Halifax swarmed to QMJHL and Memorial Cup titles.

Strengths:
Drouin mixes some of the best hockey sense and passing ability to be seen in the draft in quite some time with world class stickhandling ability and lateral quickness and skating. He truly appears to have the puck tied to the blade of his stick with a string. Add to that a solid shot and you have a player who is equally adept at shooting, passing, or making you look foolish by carrying it past you in the offensive third. As an added intangible, Drouin might also be one of the fiercest competitors in the draft, and while he may not be a bone cruncher he will go to the high traffic areas to make plays.

Weaknesses:
Drouin is not the ideal NHL size and he doesn't have a top level gear in terms of straight line speed. Those knocks should be tempered by saying he does have excellent lower body strength and really just needs to get his upper body strength to the same point, and his straight line speed may be compensated for by his lateral agility and advanced ability to read the play. Also, like many young forwards, he needs to continue to work on his play in the defensive third.

Projection:
Top Line Left Winger and Top-20 NHL Scorer

Comparisons:
Names That Have Been Floated: Patrick Kane, Claude Giroux, Martin St. Louis, Denis Savard, Gilbert Perrault

Jonathan Drouin

Basics

Type: 
Out of Organization
Position: 
Left Wing
Shoots/Catches: 
Left
Height: 
5.11
Weight: 
191
Born: 
03/27/1995
Age: 
22
Hometown: 
Ste-Agathe, PQ
Acquired: 
Selected by Tampa Bay Lightning in Round 1 (#3) of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft
Last Team: 
Montreal (NHL)
Projects As: 
Top line winger and Top-20 NHL scorer

Draft Info

Draft Status: 
Drafted
Draft Year: 
2013
Drafted By: 
Tampa Bay Lightning
Round: 
1
Pick No.: 
3
Draft Team: 
Halifax (QMJHL)

Contract

Contract Status: 
Signed
Waiver Status: 
Waiver Exempt
Signing Date: 
07/05/2013
Contract Type: 
Entry-level
Contract Length: 
3 years
Cap Number: 
$894 167
Contract Start Year: 
2014
Contract End Year: 
2017
Contract End Status: 
RFA
Salary: 
$925 000
Salary: 
$925 000
Salary: 
$832 500

Bio

Awards: 

2010-11

  • Canada Winter Games Silver Medal


2012-13

  • CHL Memorial Cup Champion
  • CHL Player-of-the-Week x2
  • CHL Player-of-the-Year
  • CHL Top Prospects Game
  • Ivan Hlinka Gold Medal
  • QMJHL Best Professional Prospect "Mike Bossy Trophy"
  • QMJHL Champion
  • QMJHL First All-Star Team
  • QMJHL Most Valuable Player "Michel Brière Trophy"
  • QMJHL Personality of the Year "Paul Dumont Trophy"
  • QMJHL Playoffs Most Assists (23)
  • QMJHL Playoffs Most Points (35)
  • QMJHL Playoffs MVP "Guy Lafleur Trophy"

Scouting Report

Scouting Comments: 

An agile forward, Drouin is very creative and a good skater. He is an extremely offensive player with fantastic hands and excellent on-ice-vision. Drouin has a good shot but is best used as a playmaker and is very dangerous on the powerplay. Drouin is not a large player or an explosive skater, but he is very agile and able to play his way out of tight spots thanks to his hockey sense. (Matias Strozyk, 2012)

Strengths: 

Drouin mixes some of the best hockey sense and passing ability to be seen in the draft in quite some time with world class stickhandling ability and lateral quickness and skating. He truly appears to have the puck tied to the blade of his stick with a string. Add to that a solid shot and you have a player who is equally adept at shooting, passing, or making you look foolish by carrying it past you in the offensive third. As an added intangible, Drouin might also be one of the fiercest competitors in the draft, and while he may not be a bone cruncher he will go to the high traffic areas to make plays.

Weaknesses: 

Drouin is not the ideal NHL size and he doesn't have a top level gear in terms of straight line speed. Those knocks should be tempered by saying he does have excellent lower body strength and really just needs to get his upper body strength to the same point, and his straight line speed may be compensated for by his lateral agility and advanced ability to read the play. Also, like many young forwards, he needs to continue to work on his play in the defensive third.

Projection: 

Top Line Left Winger and Top-20 NHL Scorer

Comparisons:
Names That Have Been Floated: Patrick Kane, Claude Giroux, Martin St. Louis, Denis Savard, Gilbert Perrault

Statistics

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 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2004-2005 Montréal Ice StormBrick Invitational- - -- -|        
 2007-2008 Nord Sélects QC Int PW- - -- -|        
 2009-2010 Nord Sélects Bantam 2 AAMMBAA- - -- -|        
 2010-2011 Lac St-Louis LionsQMAAA38 22 3658 38|Playoffs15 11 1728 18 
  Team Québec CWG6 2 46 2|        
  Lac St-Louis LionsTelus Cup7 2 46 12|        
 2011-2012 Lac St-Louis LionsQMAAA22 22 3153 35|        
  Halifax MooseheadsQMJHL33 7 2229 12|Playoffs17 9 1726
  Canada Québec U17WHC-174 2 35 2|        
 2012-2013 Halifax MooseheadsQMJHL49 41 64105 32|Playoffs17 12 2335 14 
  Halifax MooseheadsM-Cup4 1 89 0|        
  Canada U18Hlinka Gretzky Cup5 0 55 2|        
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 1 34 0|        
  Canada U20WJC-206 2 24 0|        
 2013-2014 Halifax MooseheadsQMJHL46 29 79108 43|Playoffs16 13 2841 18 
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series2 0 44 0|        
  Canada U20WJC-207 3 69 24|        
 2014-2015 Tampa Bay LightningNHL70 4 2832 34|Playoffs6 0 00
  Syracuse CrunchAHL2 1 23 0|        
 2015-2016 Tampa Bay LightningNHL21 4 610 4|Playoffs17 5 914 14 
  Syracuse CrunchAHL17 11 213 12|        
 2016-2017 Tampa Bay LightningNHL73 21 3253 16|        
  Team North AmericaWCup3 1 01 0|        
 2017-2018 Montréal CanadiensNHL77 13 3346 30|        
 2018-2019 Montréal CanadiensNHL81 18 3553 26|        

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