It didn’t take long for Jonathan Drouin to make an instant impact for the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch on Friday.
The 20-year-old Drouin, selected third overall by the Lightning in the 2013 draft and reassigned to Syracuse last weekend, scored twice for the Crunch in the first period — the goals coming just over seven minutes apart — against the Albany Devils.
He finished the game with a team-high five shots on goal.
Both goals were beauties, too.
Using his speed, he split the Albany defense to gain a breakaway, snapping a shot low, stick side on Yann Danis for his first goal. He then knocked down a pass and deked to the backhand, beating Danis once again later in the period.
Here’s goal No. 1:
Here’s goal No. 2: