Jonathan Drouin: 'My foot is fine'
Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin, the No. 3 overall pick of the June draft, said he is "pretty excited" about the team's pre-camp rookie workouts Sept. 4-5 at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. He said he has gained seven pounds of muscle over the summer and now weighs in at 195 pounds.
Most important, though, is Drouin's left foot, which was bruised severely enough earlier this month that Hockey Canada held him out of a couple of scheduled days of skating at a camp for the 2014 world junior championship.
"My foot is fine," the left wing said. "I've been working out and everything, so everything is good."
Drouin, 18, spoke Tuesday from the 2013 Rookie Showcase in Toronto, where 25 of the NHL's top prospects/rookies gathered to, in full uniforms, have their pictures taken by Panini America and Upper Deck for their first-year trading cards and memorabilia launches.
"Getting to put on all the equipment is pretty special," Drouin said.
Drouin, 5 feet, 11 inches, has worked out this summer with player such as Pittsburgh's Marc-Andre Fleury and San Jose's Martin Havlat in a program set up by Octagon Hockey, the agency that represents him. He was scheduled to skate for a couple of days at Hockey Canada's world junior summer camp. But at a pre-camp skate, the inside of Drouin's left foot was struck and bruised by a puck.
Drouin said x-rays were negative, and he is primed for not only the Lightning's rookie camp but the regular training camp that starts Sept. 11, also at the Times Forum.
There are high expectations that the highly skilled Drouin, who last season for Halifax of the junior Quebec league had 41 goals and 105 points in 49 games, will make the team and eventually play on a line with center Steven Stamkos.
"There's pressure all the time in every situation," Drouin said. "But this is where I want to be and I'm pretty excited for next week. I want to make the team, everybody knows that. I still have to work hard and play the game the way I've played all year and step up in training camp."