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Monday, October 6, 2014

Lightning Injury Update: Drouin returns to practice, participates in shooting drills

By on 10/06/2014 08:00:00 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning got some good news today as Jonathan Drouin, the second overall pick in the 2013 entry draft, was at practice. As per Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune, he participated in drills and took full shots, which also implies he did not take any contact. Still, this is very encouraging news.

This is expected to be Drouin's rookie season, having spent last season in the QMJHL. He's expected to add to the Lightning's already powerful offense, which includes former Rocket Richard trophy winner Steven Stamkos.

Drouin is sidelined with a fractured thumb, so the fact that he's taking shots is great news for him and the team.

It's still unclear if he will start the season on injured reserve or not. General Manager Steve Yzerman said today that he does not expect to place Drouin on the list, but it remains to be seen. Teams must submit their 23-man rosters, not included players on the injured reserve list, by 5pm on October 7.

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