Team Canada’s director of hockey operations and national teams Scott Salmond believes that Jonathan Drouin will be able to compete in the World Junior Championships. Andrew Rankin of MetroNews.ca quoted him on the matter, and Salmond had this to say:
I expect that Jonathan at some point, whether that’s in Toronto or Europe, will play. I expect that he’ll be prepared and ready to go by the tournament, for sure. But that’s a pretty broad statement without having him evaluated. The indications are is that he’s going to be okay. We’ll all be relieved when we see Jonathan on the ice in a Team Canada jersey.
Drouin hasn’t played since fellow Tampa Bay Lightning Prospect Adam Erne drove him into the boards from behind on December 6. Here’s a look at the play in question, for which the QMJHL decided no supplemental discipline was needed.
Drouin has been outstanding for the Halifax Mooseheads this season. The Lightning sent him back to juniors and asked him to take the league apart, and he’s done just that. Through 23 games played, the third-overall selection from the 2013 draft has 17 goals and 33 points.
Tampa hasn’t made a statement on the Erne hit, nor are they expected to.