Tampa Bay Lightning second round draft pick Adam Erne wants to show that he is ready for the NHL sooner rather than later. The forward, taken with the 33rd overall pick in last week’s NHL draft, is trying to take in what has been a hectic week, from the time he heard his name called to the point in which he arrived in Brandon for the start of Development camp, which runs through Wednesday.
“It’s been hard to describe,” Erne said. “It finally happened, we have been talking about it for years, and it’s something you dream about. Finally for it to come true and play for a team like Tampa, it’s really exciting. I think getting here; it really started to settle in. You get here, and you meet the guys, and you meet the coaches, and you kind of settle in, but it’s fun. “
Erne, who led the Quebec Ramparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in assists and points in 2012-13, and ranked second in goals, says he compares with a well-known NHL power forward.
“I tell everybody Scott Hartnell,” Erne said. “He is a hard working player. A little bit of skill mixed with power forward, he just plays the dirty areas and is really physical.”
For Erne, the goal this week is simple, it is to show the coaching staff just how close he is to being NHL ready , hopefully quicker than expected.
“Just prove that I can be NHL ready sooner than later,” Erne said. “Just show them that I am going to do whatever it takes to play at the next level and that I can hang with whoever.”
Jonathon Drouin arrives
Lightning first round pick Jonathan Drouin debuted in Brandon Saturday morning to cheers when he took the ice at the Ice Sports Forum.
“Obviously exciting,” Drouin said about his week since being selected with the third overall pick. “There has been a lot of stuff that has been happening. The draft, and then coming to Tampa and seeing the players and the rink, it’s been great.”
Drouin said he is not nervous, and just has to be the same player and prove what you want to prove.
3-on-3 tournament teams announced
The Lightning prospects will take part in the annual three on three tournament Tuesday and Wednesday. The team announced the rosters for that tournament on Saturday.
Hart, Kucherov, Salminen, Sergeev, Langelier-Parent
Gauthier, Nielsen, Peca, O’Donnell
Erne, Ikonen, Landry, Olson, Kunyk
Drouin, Milan, Mullin, Vermin
Gusev, Nesterov, Koekkoek, Brassart
Team St. Louis
Campbell, Blujus, Richard, Dotchin, Welychka