Mikhail Sergachev found out about trade to Lightning via Twitter

  • Mikhail Sergachev found out about trade to Lightning via Twitter

Mikhail Sergachev found out about trade to Lightning via Twitter

The team's long-term commitment to the newly acquired Drouin - himself the third overall pick, in 2013 - could certainly make Galchenyuk expendable.

There were many reasons why the Lightning traded rising star Jonathan Drouin to the Canadiens on Thursday; however, Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman stood firm in saying that above all else, the deal centered around the ability to acquire 18-year-old stud defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. I feel like I had enough juniors and I played a lot in juniors and I learned a lot in those two years.

Ken Campbell of The Hockey News provided the details on what could Montreal's next pursuit. Goyens described Drouin as a rink rat, spending "morning, noon and night at the arena". The deal comes after the 22-year-old had a great year with AHL St. John's, scoring 27 goals and 49 points in 56 games.

Though led by perennial Norris Trophy contender Viktor Hedman, the Lightning's defense corps was a major weak spot last season and in need of an upgrade.

In parts of three seasons with the Lightning, Drouin already showed he could adapt to the pro game. It helps us in acquiring a player that we don't have to protect versus someone we'll have to protect. "It gives us a little more clarity there". "I've never seen a guy hate to lose as much as this guy".

The Canadiens also get a conditional sixth-round pick from the Lightning. "For me as a player, I think I'd rather have that pressure on myself than some other places". I like that stuff. And at the very least, he is the sort of player who will bring fans at the Bell Centre to the edge of their seats at any given time. Drouin's actions back then will certainly have some people questioning his character.

"I'm a hometown boy", Drouin told reporters. "I expect he's going to have a long and successful career". "I've gone over that question many times but I definitely grew as a person".

The Buffalo Sabres turned to a familiar face on when they named Phil Housley as the 18th head coach in franchise history. Watch these guys if you want ideas, ' " Goyens recalled.

Drouin was a positive possession player for the Lightning, with over 40 percent of his draws coming in the defensive zone, while Galchenyuk - known for being weak defensively - started just over 30 percent of his shifts in his own end and was still a negative relative Corsi For percentage in relation to his teammates. They have a lot of good players. "I'm still kind of in shock that it actually happened". But the Bruins may be able to send the Wild a package that would make more sense for them ahead of the expansion draft.

He's undoubtedly a top-pair defenseman, but as an unrestricted free agent this summer, look for him to be overpaid by a team looking to bolster their blue line immediately.

The Lions went on to win the Quebec Midget Triple-A championship. "At the same time, it pumped up the players and it helped me as a coach get the message across, and our power play was lights out in the playoffs because of it".