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Drouin weathers weekend's AHL 'grind'

Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin, sent to AHL Syracuse to get playing time after injuries, went pointless for a second straight game in a 2-1 win at host Rochester on Sunday.

Drouin, whose agent announced last week that he requested a trade in November, finished three straight weekend games — his first for Syracuse this season — with two goals, both Friday in a 6-4 loss to Albany, and 11 shots.

"Every shift is a grind," Drouin told Canada's Sportsnet of the style of play in the AHL. "There's not that much space out there compared to the game upstairs (NHL) or even in juniors."

Syracuse coach Rob Zettler was happy with Drouin's play, specifically mentioning his offense Friday and defensive play in a 4-2 win Saturday over Hershey.

"He was excited to play," Zettler told Sportsnet. "He's got the right attitude."

Not many NHL scouts were in attendance Sunday as there had been for the other games, but Blues director of player personnel Rob DiMaio was among them, Sportsnet reported. The Blues specifically have been mentioned as a possible trade partner.

Drouin weathers weekend's AHL 'grind' 01/10/16 [Last modified: Sunday, January 10, 2016 11:43pm]
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