Jonathan Drouin’s nerves fluttered Tuesday morning before he stepped onto the Forum ice, but not because he was wearing Lightning garb in his future home arena for the first time since being selected with the third overall pick in the June draft.
Instead, Drouin admitted to feeling a few butterflies when he met Marty St. Louis and Steven Stamkos — his potential linemates when Tampa Bay opens the season Oct. 3 in Boston — for the first time.
“Marty has pretty much been a legend in the NHL now for a long time, and Stamkos …” Drouin said, his thoughts trailing off. “So, obviously, there are nerves and you don’t want to do something bad.”
Drouin took part in an informal skate with 17 other Lightning players. He will report today for a two-day rookie training camp in Tampa that shifts to Coral Springs this weekend for three games against teams from Nashville, Boston and Florida. The rookie tournament precedes the start of Lightning training camp next week.