Poll: Should Lightning grant Drouin's trade request?
Jonathan Drouin wants out of Tampa Bay. But should the Lightning let him go?
Drouin, the third overall pick in the 2013 draft, in November asked the Lightning to trade him, Drouin's agent, Allan Walsh, revealed Sunday.
Drouin, not long ago considered one of the NHL's top prospects, apparently does not feel he has been put in the best situation to succeed. He played bottom-six minutes for most of last season and was scratched for 20 of 26 playoff games.
He started the 2015-16 season on a line with Steven Stamkos and racked up six points in the first five games. But he has been limited to 19 games due to injuries and was reassigned to AHL Syracuse earlier this week to get more playing time.
Drouin could be a valuable trade chip. He has skill that can't be taught and is under contract for several seasons. In return, the Lightning could get a right-shot defenseman and/or a quarterback for its power play.
But Drouin also could be the kind of young, skilled, cheap forward the Lightning will need in future years, depending on how Stamkos' contract situation plays out. He could be a perennial All-Star, an Olympian, a player whose departure comes back to haunt the Lightning.
So, if you're general manager Steve Yzerman, what do you do? Keep Drouin, or trade him? And if you send him away, what would you expect in return?