The pick is finally in. With the third pick in the NHL entry draft Sunday afternoon, the Tampa Bay Lightning selected forward Jonathan Drouin from the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Lightning selected Drouin over defenseman Seth Jones, who many thought would go first overall.
Here is the announcement from the team announcing the pick:
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning selected forward Jonathan Drouin with the third overall pick of the 2013
NHL Entry Draft at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey this afternoon, vice president and general
manager Steve Yzerman announced.
Drouin, 18, skated in 49 games with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last
season, registering 41 goals and 105 points to go along with 32 penalty minutes. He ranked first on the
Mooseheads in goals, assists (64), points and shorthanded goals with four. The Ste-Agathe, Quebec native also
led for all Moosehead forwards with a plus-48 rating during the regular season. He ranked second in the QMJHL
in points, third in assists and ranked tied for seventh for goals. Drouin also skated in 17 playoff games, recording
12 goals and 35 points with 14 penalty minutes. He helped the Mooseheads win the Memorial Cup, recording five
assists in the championship game against the Portland Winterhawks.
Drouin was named as the Canadian Major Junior Player of the Year and was the QMJHL’s Michel Briere winner
as the most valuable player. He was also named the QMJHL First All-Star Team, won the Michael Bossy Trophy
as the QMJHL’s top draft prospect and was the QMJHL’s Playoff MVP.
The 5-foot-11, 176-pound forward has skated in 82 career QMJHL games, all with Halifax, notching 48 goals and
134 points to go along with a plus-43 rating. Drouin has also played in 34 career playoff games, tallying 21 goals
and 61 points to go along with a plus-28 rating.
Drouin skated in six games with Team Canada at the 2013 IIHF Junior World U-20 Championships in Ufa,
Russia, recording two goals and four points in six games.
Drouin’s Career Statistics
Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A TP +/- PIM GP G A TP PIM
2011-12 Halifax QMJHL 33 7 22 29 – 12 17 9 17 26 4
2012-13 Halifax QMJHL 49 41 64 105 – 32 17 12 23 35 14