While things may look like they are all good now, at least publicly, between Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin, and the Tampa Bay Lightning organization, there are some very clear signs that would indicate the plan is still to ship him out of town as soon as is convenient.
Drouin played his first game with Syracuse since his self-imposed hiatus on Friday night and, much to the surprise of many, no less than five National Hockey League clubs were represented at the game with members of their scouting staff on hand. According to ESPN insider Cory Pronman the following five teams had scouts on hand that normally would not have been at the game.
The five teams are the Arizona Coyotes, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Minnesota Wild, the Ottawa Senators, and the Montreal Canadiens. We had heard rumors of potential trade involving all of these teams except Arizona prior to the NHL trade deadline, and it now seems like these teams are still very interested in potentially acquiring the young forward.
It may also be worth noting that with an extra year burned on his entry-level deal at the end of the season, these teams may believe the price for Drouin will drop.
Scouts in to watch Drouin first game tonight (not typically on Upstate AHL rotation) from teams like ARI PHI MIN OTT and TOR.— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) March 11, 2016