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Drouin: ‘Exciting’ to play with Stamkos, St. Louis on Bolts’ top line

Sep 24, 2013, 11:43 AM EDT

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Jonathan Drouin is headed back to left wing after a 12-day trial at center — and he’s returning to the wing in style.

Tampa Bay’s first round pick (No. 3 overall) at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft will audition for a spot on the team’s top line alongside Martin St. Louis and Steve Stamkos, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

“It was exciting to be on a line with those two guys,” Drouin explained after skating with St. Louis and Stamkos during Monday’s scrimmage (the trio is expected to play together tonight vs. Nashville).

“They make plays. They’re smart. It makes everything easier on the ice.”

The Bolts had tested Drouin out at center to start training camp but, with Stamkos and Valtteri Filppula slotted in as the top two pivots, it made sense to return Drouin to his natural spot on the wing.

It’s a place he excelled during a standout junior career, scoring 41 goals and 105 points in just 49 games for QMJHL Halifax last season, winning CHL Player of the Year and the 2013 Memorial Cup.

Stamkos, a two-time Rocket Richard trophy winner, was excited to be lined up with another skill forward.

“It’s something that’s been talked about when he came here where he’ll fit in,” Stamkos said. “Any time you get to play with a skill player like that, you’re excited to see what the chemistry is.”

 

  1. gotstamkos - Sep 24, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Can’t wait to see that line! Hope it sticks. GO BOLTS!!!!!!!!

  2. ibieiniid - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    ::adds to fantasy hockey watch list::

  3. bigbadbruins77 - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    I drafted him late just for that reason. I read the bolts were looking at putting him with Stammer and Marty. Shoot I could get 50 points a season and a bunch of the pp with those two!

    • ibieiniid - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      if you got Stamkos too, even bosser of a move.

    • pfhockey - Sep 24, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      lucky, I would have picked him in the later rounds but another bolts fan took him like in the 6th round or something :P oh well, I hope he wins the calder this year!

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