On Thursday, they got some.
Drouin has been out since absorbing a big Calvin de Haan hit in a Nov. 1 win over the Isles. He was off to a solid-if-unspectacular start prior to getting hurt, scoring two goals and five points through 10 games, averaging 16:35 TOI per night.
With Stamkos out, the Lightning have been forced to shuffle their forwards, so it looks as though Drouin will slot in alongside Ryan Callahan and center Valtteri Filppula, on what would amount to the third line.
Based on those lines alone, one thing should be obvious: Tampa Bay is equipped to deal with losing someone of Stamkos’ caliber better than nearly any other NHL club.