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Lightning Nuts & Bolts: Bishop's St. Louis memories; Drouin's big fan (w/ video)

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Short shift w/G Ben Bishop

With Bishop having grown up in suburban St. Louis and the Lightning spending the next couple of days in the city leading into Tuesday's game against the Blues, we asked him about his hometown.

Favorite St. Louis athletes growing up: Curtis Joseph (Blues), Isaac Bruce (Rams), Kurt Warner (Rams). Mark McGwire (Cardinals) was obviously a fan favorite.

Best fan moment there: I went to a Blues game, they swept Dallas in a playoff series, and the whole place was saying, "Nah Nah Nah Nah" for the last six, seven minutes of the game. Going to Rams games when they had the "Greatest Show on Turf," there was nothing like it. Obviously going to a World Series game a couple years ago.

Best restaurant: Probably my dad's restaurant, Bishop's Post (in Chesterfield).

Favorite place in city: Forest Park. It has everything, got the zoo, couple golf courses, art museum.

Been up in the Arch? Twice. Went up once as a kid, and when (Maine, his college team) went to the Frozen Four in St. Louis (in 2006) and I was taking pictures. They're like, "Why are you taking pictures? You live here." I'm like, "I've been up in this thing one time. I feel like a tourist."

Drouin debate

When the Lightning faced the Predators on Tuesday, it reunited friends Jonathan Drouin (left) and Seth Jones.

Drouin, 20, a Lightning wing, and Jones, 21, a Predators defenseman, will likely always be linked, having been taken Nos. 3 and No. 4 overall, respectively, in the 2013 draft in New Jersey. They got to know each other then, even taking a trip together to the top of the Empire State Building with No. 1 pick Nate MacKinnon (Avalanche). "It's amazing how fast (time) goes by," Jones said. "It feels like it was yesterday."

There's been debate among Lightning fans about whom the team should have taken in that spot, considering Jones made an immediate impact in the NHL as the kind of puck-moving defenseman with size that every franchise covets. But Jones put that argument to rest.

"If (Drouin) had scored 25 goals last year, nobody would be saying that," Jones quipped. "You guys are going to be happy with (Drouin), trust me.

Drouin made his NHL debut last season, tallying four goals and 28 assists. But Drouin appears headed for a breakout year, playing on the top line with C Steven Stamkos. Jones said to give Drouin time. "I'm excited for him," Jones said. "He's going to be fantastic."

From the fans

For any player: What's the best meal you can make?

RW Erik Condra: Probably a brown-sugar-seasoned salmon. Both on the grill or in the oven.

Have a question for a Lightning player? Send it on Twitter to @TBTimes_JSmith or email [email protected], and we'll answer one every Sunday.

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