Tampa Bay Lightning rookie forward and No.3 overall draft pick Jonathan Drouin earned the reputation as a play-making winger who can score goals. But the Lightning want to get a look at him at the center position. During last week’s prospect tournament in Coral Springs Drouin played in two of the three games testing the ice at center in the second game. “In junior he played on the wing but he was with a talented player in (No. 1 overall pick) Nate MacKinnon so I think that was the right fit for them in that situation’’ Lightning head coach Jon Cooper siad. “Maybe the right fit in our organization is the wing maybe it’s at center. So we are giving him a look in both spots just to see where he can fit. He’s not the only one we are moving around but he comes with the third overall tag on him and a microscope on him so we’ll see how he looks.’’ What did Cooper think of Drouin in the prospect game and during Thursday’s first on-ice practice? “I thought he looked great’’ Cooper said. “I was pretty impressed.’’ During practice Drouin skated at left wing during drills with 2011 first-round draft pick C Vladislav Namestnikov and 2010 first-round pick RW Brett Connolly. Absence felt Former Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier reported to camp on Thursday — in Philadelphia. The Lightning’s all-time leader in games played Lecavalier is absent from Tampa Bay’s training camp for the first time since 1998 when he was drafted first overall. For players who were around Lecavalier the past few seasons not seeing him at training camp is a bit of a strange feeling.
Draft pick Drouin tries center position
Tampa Tribune | Sep 13