Jonathan Drouin out of Canadian junior camp with foot injury
Calling it simply a precaution, Hockey Canada is holding Lightning top prospect Jonathan Drouin out of the early skating sessions of its summer junior development camp because of what it said is a bruised left foot.
"The foot was just sore after taking a puck off it a few days before camp," Hockey Canada spokesman Andre Brin wrote in an email. "Kept out of our two ice sessions in Montreal for precautionary reasons."
Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman wrote in a text message that he had no other details.
Brin added that the slickly skilled Drouin, 18, the No. 3 overall pick in the June draft who is expected to at least start the season with Tampa Bay, could have skated in the Sunday-Monday sessions in Montreal. "But since he and other returning players aren't coming with the team to Lake Placid (Monday) afternoon," Brin wrote, "it was decided not to put him on the ice."
Drouin and three other players on Canada's 2013 world junior team -- Nathan MacKinnon, Morgan Rielly and Griffin Reinhart -- are not traveling to Lake Placid, N.Y., site of exhibition games this week with Finland, Sweden and the United States, so coaches can see more of newcomers.
The camp and exhibition games are the first step to picking the team that will play in the 2014 world junior championship in Sweden.