Update: Drouin out with upper body injury, not expected to miss preseason

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Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Jonathan Drouin was held out of Saturday’s training camp activities due to what the team is calling an upper body injury.

The report comes from Lightning beat reporter Erik Erlendsson, who says the forward is listed as day to day:

However, after the team’s skate, coach Jon Cooper said Drouin’s injury is not serious and, though he may not participate in scrimmages, he has not been ruled out of preseason action.

Tampa Bay’s first exhibition game is Sept. 23 against the Nashville Predators.

Drouin, 19, is looking to make the leap to the NHL this season after scoring 29 goals and 108 points in his third season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2013-14.

The 2013 third overall selection is likely to get a long look by the Lightning brass as he tries to make his case for a top six role with the club.

Tampa Bay does however have the flexibility of returning him to junior with a year of eligibility left before he could play in the American Hockey League.

With Drouin out, free agent camp invite Yanni Gourde took the forward’s place on a line with Tyler Johnson and Richard Panik Saturday.