By: Erin Walsh
It was announced today, June 15, that Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin has been traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional second round pick in 2018. Drouin is a 22 year old restricted free agent who had his best season during 2016-17 scoring 21 goals and recording 32 assists in 73 games for the Lightning.
The Tampa Bay Lightning drafted Drouin No. 3 overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He has 95 points in 164 NHL games. Montreal can protect Drouin so that he doesn’t get taken by Las Vegas in the expansion draft, and we can expect that they will absolutely be protecting him. Because after all, why trade for Drouin if you are not going to protect him?
Things were not easy for Jonathan Drouin in Tampa, he refused to play for the Syracuse Crunch(Tampa’s AHL affiliate). Drouin was then suspended without pay for two whole months. He returned to the team and played for the Crunch before he was called up to play for the Lightning again. Drouin is coming off of a three year, $9.7 million contract.
Mikhail Sergachev is only 18 years old and was Montreal’s No. 9 overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Sergachev has a lot of promise, so it is pretty hard to decide who won this trade. Drouin seems to have a bit of an attitude, so he could cause problems for Montreal down the line. Not to mention I think he is very overrated. At this point you can’t really say who won this trade. Sergachev hasn’t played as many games in the NHL as Drouin has and he is also younger. As of right now I am leaning towards saying Montreal won this trade, only because as Drouin matures as a player and as a person I think he will turn out to be a pretty good hockey player. If Drouin loses the attitude and learns how to take criticism from his coaches and peers to better his game then I’d say Montreal won this trade.