RW Jonathan Drouin and LW Adam Erne's lockers are side by side during this week's Lightning development camp. It might be symbolic because there's no friction between the two prospects. "We're cool," Erne said at the Ice Sports Forum. "We're friends." The duo has moved on since Erne's controversial hit from behind on Drouin in December during a Quebec junior league game. Erne, a Lightning second-round draft pick in 2013 playing for Quebec, shoved Drouin, the No. 3 overall 2013 pick playing for Halifax, into the boards, and Drouin banged his head. Drouin, 19, suffered a concussion, and Erne, 19, received a game misconduct. "The game goes fast. Stuff happens. It was one of those (things) that happens a lot," Drouin said. "It just ended up being a little weird we're on the same NHL team. I don't think (the hit) was on purpose or intentional." Erne, who told reporters after the game he thought Drouin dove, didn't think it was a dirty hit. "It's nothing personal," Erne said. "It's hockey. Stuff happens." Drouin, who didn't remember the play other than what he saw on video, said Erne sent him a text message afterward and apologized. "I'm not going to start chasing him around the ice after that," Drouin said. "We're friends now and friends before. Everything is good between us."
No hard feelings between Lightning prospects Jonathan Drouin, Adam Erne
Tampa Bay Times | Jul 5