Jonathan Drouin and the Avalanche Are a Great Fit, but Can They Land Him?

February 4th, 2016 by Adrian Dater Leave a reply »

If it were up to Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin would be in the uniform of his Colorado Avalanche already, not holding out from the Tampa Bay Lightning. MacKinnon’s face lit up Thursday morning when asked if he hoped the Avs could swing a trade to acquire his former junior teammate, the player taken two spots behind him in the 2013 NHL draft.

“Playing with him would be awesome,” said MacKinnon, who won a Memorial Cup playing with Drouin for the Halifax Mooseheads in 2013. “That would be really fun. His skill is just sick. He’s just an unbelievable player. Whoever gets him will be very happy.”

The team that lands Drouin, currently suspended by the Lightning after he refused to play anymore for the team’s AHL affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y., remains an open question. While the notoriously private Avalanche management isn’t publicly commenting on any potential interest in Drouin, Colorado as a destination makes a lot of sense on paper anyway.

The biggest reason might be MacKinnon himself, who with Drouin formed an unstoppable duo with the Mooseheads from 2011-13. In ...

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