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Top Lightning prospect Drouin suffers possible concussion

Dec 6, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

Jonathan Drouin AP

It’s never pleasant to see a top prospect suffer a possible concussion. The Tampa Bay Lightning must stomach a double whammy, though, as 2013 first-rounder (third overall) Jonathan Drouin suffered that injury thanks to a hit by Adam Erne … a player the team drafted one round later (33rd overall).

Drouin’s Halifax Mooseheads announced that he’s dealing with concussion-like symptoms and will be reevaluated on Saturday. Erne, 18, received a game misconduct for checking from behind on the hit.

As unsettling as this is for the Lightning, Erne’s also becoming an unpopular man in Canada, as many are freaking out on Twitter about this injury possibly keeping Drouin, 18, out of the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships.

The Bolts have already been dealing with major injuries at the NHL level, but now even prospects in the QMJHL are suffering from unsettling ailments. The fact that another Lightning prospect is guilty of delivering the check just adds insult to many injuries.

Erne already has an NHL rap sheet, too, as he was suspended three preseason games for a hit on Vladimir Sobotka:

  1. lowenni - Dec 6, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    “It’s never pleasant to see a top prospect suffer a concussion.”

    No, PHT, it’s never pleasant to see any innocent player suffer a concussion, star or not.

  2. phillyphanatic77 - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Erne’s gonna get an unpleasant call from Stevie Y.

    • alicesrightfootesq - Dec 6, 2013 at 8:09 PM

      “Are you just asking for me to trade you to Buffalo?”

      • ddaveyy - Dec 7, 2013 at 7:47 AM

        More like “Kid…you’re going to Sochi, and not just to watch the winter olympics”….


  3. lilroot9 - Dec 6, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Is he serious? He may never play in the NHL now. Hit a future team mate that dirty, for no reason? Jealous? What is his problem?

  4. jovocop2112 - Dec 7, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    We’d need to see the play before knowing for sure but I wonder if he knew who he was hitting….kinda like how Staal wrecked his brother a few years ago. I can’t imagine a single reason why Erne would make that hit intentionally on his future teammate….hope Drouin will be okay!

    • joey4id - Dec 7, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      Wow! He had ample time to read the name and number on the back of Drouin’s jersey. Guy had 20 feet to make the right decision.

      • jovocop2112 - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:58 PM

        After seeing the hit, I agree it was dirty. No one will ever know for sure except for Erne what he was thinking there

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