Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin has been all the talk the past couple weeks, rising from his controversy with the team during the regular season. Drouin played only 21 games this regular season for the Lightning, and only scored a measly four goals and six assists. Drouin sustained a lower-body injury in late October, then requested to be traded from the team in November. He was eventually demoted to the minors, which he was not very happy about. Drouin outright refused to show up for an AHL game and got hit with a suspension for doing so, but the suspension was ultimately lifted. Even with his particularly sad regular season display, Jonathan Drouin was called back up to the Lightning just in time for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He drastically improved in the post-season with five goals and nine assists for a total of 14 points in just 17 playoff games – the third-highest output on the team.
With Drouin being such an integral part of the Lightning offense in this post-season, it’s hard to think that he’s going to go anywhere. Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman was quoted, by the [Tampa Bay Times], as saying: “He makes us a better team, it’s as simple as that, “…I think the best thing for this team right now is Jonathan Drouin on it”. Drouin reciprocated his desire to remain with the Lightning next season saying: “I definitely want to be here, I love the way this ended.” “I guess with this different and weird year…It’s definitely somewhere I want to play”.