Mooseheads Ice Rookie Dynamic Duo

*MOOSEHEADS’ OFFICIAL TWITTER NOW HEDGING SAYING MACKINNON IS EXPECTED TO PLAY BUT WILL BE CLEARED BY DR. FIRST

Drouin will debut for the Halifax Mooseheads against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan

Drouin will hit the Metro Centre ice for the first time since last February's Canada Games (photo credit: Richard Lafortune)

Halifax Mooseheads fans will get a full look at the future tonight as they host the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. For the first time, the Mooseheads will have both the first and second overall picks from the latest QMJHL draft in the lineup.

Jonathan Drouin finally joins the team after starting the year with his AAA midget team in Quebec. Drouin tallied 53 points in his 22 games for the Lac-St. Louis Lions, but it was less about his on-ice development that has him ready to take this step. Since being drafted, the highly touted left-winger has grown an inch and packed on more than 20 lbs to stand 5’10” and 175lbs. The increased size and strength seem to have made the transition to the Q more comfortable for Drouin when facing physically mature 19 and 20 year-olds on a regular basis.

According to Matthew Wuest of the Metro Halifax, Drouin may find himself on the second line for his debut with Matthew Boudreau and Alexandre Grenier. This may help him feel comfortable as all three are from the west side of Montreal. Could this be Halifax’s version of the French Connection line.

The first line will also be getting a significant boost as Nathan MacKinnon returns to the lineup after suffering a shoulder injury Friday night against the PEI Rocket. MacKinnon sat out the home-and-home series with the Saint John Sea Dogs on the weekend as the team said the injury was not severe, but it was best to rest the team’s leading scorer.

For once, this season though, MacKinnon may be upstaged by the addition of Drouin.

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