Drouin to Join The Herd
Drouin was the second overall pick in the QMJHL draft last June behind only Nathan MacKinnon who was selected by the Baie-Comeau Drakkar before being traded to Halifax. After Halifax failed in their bid to trade up to the top spot in the draft, the Mooseheads swung a deal to get the second pick and Drouin.
At the draft Drouin seemed happy about being selected by the Mooseheads and excitement about joining the club for the upcoming season. Sometime between June and August that excitement faded and turn into…nervousness? anxiety? apprehension?
Drouin informed the club of his decision not to attend training camp and remain home to play AAA midget with the Lac-St. Louis Lions.
The decision caught many off guard. In addition to the comments at the draft, most believed that Drouin had the talent to play and contribute right away in the Q.
During the summer, the Mooseheads acquired MacKinnon and were naturally excited about the future. The first and second overall picks in the draft were their’s, not too mention Zachary Fucale taken 11th overall and the first goalie although some had others rated ahead of him.
Perhaps, Drouin underestimated his own abilities as well as those of the Mooseheads and their young roster. A young team is expected to go through some growing pains. 2011/12 was expected to be a step back to prominence for Halifax, nut some may have been surprised at how big a step they’ve taken.
After a strong October that saw the Moose lose only once, and continue to okay solid into November, whispers began about Drouin joining the club. The speculation peaked when Drouin and members of his family visited Halifax in November to see the team and city and attended a game. Many believed he might join the club as Halifax made a road trip to his next of the woods in Quebec, but not so.
A groin injury briefly sidelined Drouin from play, but is subsiding and he’s apparently ready to take the next step in his development. Many felt it was stagnating playing AAA midget, as his talent was far above the competition. in 22 games for the Lions Drouin tallied 22 goals and 31 assists.
The addition acts much like a trade deadline move forgets Halifax Mooseheads, inserting a talented young forward onto a team already performing well. The big difference is they don’t have to give up anyone.
Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that consensus first round pick forth upcoming NHL Draft Martin Frk is expected to play his first game of the regular season Friday night. And Andrew Ryan has just recently rejoined the team after missing most of the season.
Halifax is making some huge additions to the lineup, without sacrificing any assets. Watch out for a strong stretch run from the Herd.