Lightning fans may have gulped a bit at the news of 2013 first-round pick Jonathan Drouin missing out on Team Canada’s World Junior camp with a sore foot.
Drouin, the third overall pick in this summer’s draft, was held off the ice for the two-day warm up before heading to Lake Placid. As it was, this would’ve been the one chance for him to skate with the rest of Team Canada’s invitees as coach Brent Sutter won’t be bringing any of last year’s World Junior team members (Nathan MacKinnon, Morgan Rielly, and Griffin Reinhart) to New York.
As for Drouin’s foot, it’s merely sore and he’s being kept off the ice as a precaution. Team Canada already knows what kind of player they’ve got in him and there’s no doubt the Lightning are happy to see them not pushing him just to practice.
Didn’t take long for Jack Eichel to make his mark at the NHL level.
The No. 2 overall pick at this year’s draft scored his first-ever NHL goal in his first-ever NHL game on Thursday night, cutting Ottawa’s lead to 2-1 in the third period of Buffalo’s season-opener.
Marcus Foligno and another new Sabre, Evander Kane, registered the assists on Eichel’s marker, which came on the power play.
Chances are Robin Lehner won’t look back fondly on his first game as a Sabre.
Midway through Buffalo’s season-opener against Ottawa, Lehner — facing his old team for the first time since getting traded this summer — suffered a lower-body injury, and was forced from the contest.
During the second intermission, the Sabres ruled out Lehner for the night.
It was a difficult turn of events for 24-year-old, who admitted he was keen to go up against the Sens. He had a bit of a chip on his shoulder about his time in the Canadian capital; Lehner felt he never got a full opportunity to run with the No. 1 gig, and probably wasn’t thrilled GM Bryan Murray opted to keep Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond instead of him.
As for tonight’s injury, details are scarce. All that’s known is the ailment was serious enough for Lehner to leave and not return, forcing backup Chad Johnson into duty.
Prior to getting hurt, Lehner had stopped 11 of 12 shots faced.