The Tampa Bay Lightning never gave up on Jonathan Drouin.

Following a leaked trade request and an initial refusal to report to the club's minor-league affiliate, it appeared that Drouin's time in Tampa had all but evaporated.

Yet, the tide turned in the playoffs, when a recalled Drouin caught fire, tallying five goals and nine assists through 17 postseason matches - good for third in Lightning playoff scoring.

It marked a sharp contrast from Drouin's regular-season play.

"Jonathan (Drouin) always had the talent, he just had to find his way through the mental aspect of the game.