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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lightning Injury Update: Jonathan Drouin to play in AHL after slow recovery

By on 10/16/2014 10:30:00 AM

It looks like Tampa Bay Lightning winger Jonathan Drouin's NHL debut will wait even longer than he or the organization had hoped. According to, Drouin will be sent to AHL affiliate Syracuse for a few games for conditioning.

Due to his injury (right thumb), Drouin is eligible for an AHL assignment even though he is only 19. Normally, his age would require he be sent back to juniors (Halifax Mooseheads) but because of the injury he is allowed a two week stint with the AHL's Syracuse Crunch. The Lightning are pursuing a conditioning assignment for Drouin due to his missing the beginning of the regular season and all of the preseason.

Tampa Bay is hoping to add Drouin to its lineup at some point to bolster its offense. Drouin is known for his offense and was third in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season with 108 points including 29 goals in only 46 games.

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