Prospect Performer of the Week: Jonathan Drouin
Tampa Bay Lightning's top draft pick in the 2013 NHL entry draft, Jonathan Drouin, has collected eight points (two goals, six assists) in four games for Canada in the 2014 World Junior Championships held in Sweden. He currently trails the top three point-getters in the tournament by two points.
Tuesday in a New Year's Eve showdown with USA, Drouin added a helper on a power play goal in a 3-2 victory against the U.S. In the morning contest held on the final day of the year Drouin also saw a familiar face, Bolts' prospect Adam Erne, who is currently representing USA. Through four games Erne has one assist.
Heading into the matchup USA sported a perfect 3-0-0 record, which suffered their first blemish at the hands of Canada. Canada now sits alongside the U.S. at the top of the standings in the preliminary round with a 3-0-1 record.
Prior to Tuesday Canada most recently stunned Slovakia with a come-from-behind victory just a day earlier. Down 3-1 going into the final frame Anthony Mantha brought Canada within one and Drouin tallied the game-tying goal with less than six minutes remaining in the game. The goal was enough to spur Canada to a 5-3 victory with back-to-back goals at the end of regulation.
In the team's only loss in a shootout, 5-4, to the Czech Republic on Saturday, December 28 Drouin gave Canada a chance with one goal, one assist and the lone shootout goal. He was then named the Player of the Game for Canada.
As history will have it, Canada and USA have met eight previous times in New Year's Eve tilts and Canada has went on to medal every time thereafter except once in 1981, while USA has medaled only once, a Gold Medal in 2010.