Who said that the NHL stops being exciting once the Stanley Cup is lifted? Not me, we’re still a full summer away from the first preseason game and I’m already looking forward to seeing what Jonathan Drouin can bring to the Habs.
On June 15th 2017, nine days before the anniversary of the P.K. for Weber trade, Montreal has traded Mikhail Sergachev and a 2018 2nd round conditional pick, for Tampa Bay forward Jonathan Drouin and a 2018 6th round conditional pick.
The trade is not even a day old and we’re already debating which team won the trade. Drouin being 22 and Sergachev 18, it will definitely take a long time to evaluate which team came out on top. Here is what we know from both players.
- Drouin played his junior years in Halifax with the Mooseheads where he played 3 seasons averaging 1.89 points per game. He could have had way more but he only put up 29 points in his first season and then followed with 105 and 108 in his second and third. He was also a key part of their 2013 Memorial cup win.
- He was drafted 3rd overall by Tampa Bay in the 2013 entry draft. He would not make the team that year and returned to the Mooseheads to play one more season.
- Drouin made his NHL debut during the 2014-2015 season. As a rookie he didn’t do to bad, finishing the season with 4 goals, 28 assists for 32 points in 72 games.
- On January 3, 2016, Drouin’s agent, Allan Walsh issued a statement on his behalf. Walsh revealed that Drouin had made a trade request back in November, but had kept the matter private. This little saga prompted Yzerman to send the young star down to the minors where more drama arose when he missed a game and the club suspended him without pay.
- Drouin was eventually called up for the 2016 playoffs where he made a difference, putting up 14 points in 17 games.
- During the 2016-2017 season Jonathan tallied 21 goals and 32 assists for a total of 53 points in 73 games.
- Drafted 9th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2016 draft.
- Sergachev has played two seasons with the Windsor Spitfires where he’s put up an amazing 100 points in 117 games as a defender. That’s .855 points per game.
- He was a huge part in Windsors 2017 memorial cup win with 4 points in 4 games.
Both of these players have a promising career in the NHL and only time will tell which one will be better. One thing is for sure, Montreal needed more fire power on offence and they got it, while Tampa snatched a great young D who in the future can help Hedman put up some points. Plus don’t forget that second round pick.
God I already miss hockey.