21-Year-Old Center – Tampa Bay Lightning
Jonathan Drouin Contract Information:
Signed a three-year entry-level contract with Tampa Bay in July 2013. The deal carries a $3.225 million cap hit through 2015-16. He received a $92,500 signing bonus and will receive $925,000 per season if he makes the team ($70,000 in the AHL). There are performance bonuses of up to $2.3 million, driving up the cap hit.
Drouin, who is skating with Team North America, was benched for the second half of Monday's 4-3 loss to Team Russia at the World Cup of Hockey. He was dropped to the fourth line.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Drouin’s reputation took a big hit last season. He did fine on the ice, but fantasy owners thinking he’d be the next big thing were disappointed with 32 points, with many of them losing their shirts because they’d reached for him far too soon during the draft. People will be leery this year, and let’s be honest – Drouin could get sent to the AHL to grow his game. But he could also steal Alex Killorn’s spot on the second line and skate with that Stamkos guy. He needs to break out of his junior habits – holding the puck too long and trying to do too much, too cutely. But if he does, he could ring up 50 points, including second-unit power-play production. Jump on him if he slips in your draft.
Drouin is the league's top prospect and is about to show the NHL what he can bring to the table. Before last season, we told you he had it all -- agility, vision, skill, hockey smarts, competitiveness, soft hands and patience. He took his elite puck possession skills and conditioning to brand-new heights in the QMJHL this past season, leading the circuit in playoff points. You may not be that surprised, but his team was eliminated in the semis; he knocked home 41 points in just 16 postseason games while putting the Halifax Mooseheads on his back. He's ready for prime time and is already the preseason Calder favorite. He can play center and wing, and the Bolts hope he can eventually settle in at pivot, but they may just break him in on one of the flanks. A first full season of 60 points is a distinct possibility with a 95-point season in his future very soon. He’s worth targeting early in drafts, but note that he could be miss the first week or two of games while he recovers from a fractured thumb.
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the best fantasy prospect of them all … at least as far as the 2013 Entry Draft goes? Drouin has it all – agility, vision, skill, hockey smarts, competitiveness, soft hands and more. Add in patience and he already has elite puck possession skills. He can play both wing and center, and is built in the same sub-six-foot style as offensive dynamos like Pavel Datsyuk or Patrick Kane. Yes, he’s that good. He was named CHL Player of the Year ahead of his teammate Nathan McKinnon and projects as a better point producer. Fantasy owners should target him as their top pick from the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Then grab a wobbly pop, some popcorn and the remote, and get ready for the highlight reel moves … and goals. He could break camp on the first line. Yup, with Steven Stamkos and Marty St. Louis. Wow. Calder is calling.