Drouin Not in Mooseheads Camp

Logo for the Halifax Moosehead of the Quebec Major Hockey LeagueThe Halifax Mooseheads training cam kicked off today with a surprise absence.

Second overall pick in the past June’s QMJHL Draft, Jonathan Drouin did not report to camp.

Mathew Wuest of the Metro first reported the missing prospect. According to GM cam Russell, Drouin is choosing to stay home and play midget AAA for the Lac-St. Louis (Que) Lions.

Back in June another Wuest article seemed to indicate Drouin’s positive outlook on play for the herd:

Drouin, for his part, said he is no longer considering the NCAA route and is excited to suit up for the Mooseheads next season.

“It’s a nice place, it’s a nice rink, the team’s nice and it’s going to be good,” said Drouin, who won silver with Quebec at the Canada Games in Halifax in February.

So what has caused this change of heart?

The biggest change since then has been the addition of local uber-prospect, Nathan MacKinnon. If Drouin was hoping to be the face of franchise for years to come, he may not like the idea of playing behind, not only a more hihgly touted prospect, but a local kid to boot.

It could also be a case of a 16 year-old, feeling like he is not ready to leave home and contribute at this level. Despite earlier claims of excitement, once finally faced with actually leaving things may have changed.

Of course the off-putting thing in all this is that it was not only a surprise to the media and the fan-base, but it seems as though Moosehead management was caught off-guard by this turn of events.

I am not sure, it means Drouin is looking for a trade. If he preferred to play for another QMJHL franchise closer to home, presummably he would have made his intentions known earlier. That would have made facilitating his wishes easier with a wider window before the league’s trade deadline, Monday, August 22 at 10:00 am ET.

Of course, all of this is merely speculation at this point. Nobody seems to have any definitive answers as to why the talent forward has chosen to miss training camp.

Drouin was looked upon to be part of the foundation of a talent young core for the Mooseheads franchise. A core that was to include the top two picks and the top goaltender picked in this past draft. They were in addition to last year’s second overall pick, Luca Campini, and other talent young forwards like Martin Frk, Darcy Ashley, Andrew Ryan, et al.

So what’s going on?

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