Jonathan Drouin is far from the first top-5 pick to hit the market so early

Jeff Veillette
January 04 2016 01:09AM

Yesterday, word made its way out to the public that Jonathan Drouin had requested a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning. Drouin, selected 3rd overall in the 2013 draft, is just 20 years old and is considered by many to be a top-end prospect put in a position where he can't succeed; one where the depth ahead of him inhibits his chance of playing the high-octane offensive style he became famous for when he scored 289 points in his final 128 games with the Halifax Mooseheads.

It's a crazy story, leaving many to speculate what Tampa Bay will get in return for him. Interestingly enough, Drouin isn't anywhere close to being the only top pick to move in the past few years. Here are ten others that you may have forgotten about.

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World Juniors 2016 Final Four Preview

Cam Lewis
January 03 2016 08:31AM

After two close calls and a couple of blowouts, we have our final four at the 2016 World Junior Championships as Finland, Sweden, the United States, and Russia have all advanced to the semifinals. Even with Canada being knocked out earlier than many expected, the remaining teams boast a tremendous amount of talent, including a handful of draft eligible players worth keeping an eye on in the semifinals, Bronze and Gold Medal games. 

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Struggling Jonathan Drouin sent to Syracuse Crunch of the AHL

Cam Lewis
January 02 2016 11:23AM

Earlier today, the Tampa Bay Lightning announced that young forward Jonathan Drouin would be sent to the Syracuse Crunch, the team's AHL affiliate. 

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The Roundup

Nation World HQ
January 01 2016 06:00AM

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Brandon Prust has a problem with the department of player safety, Zack Kassian is now an Oiler, Martin Marincin's under appreciated game in Toronto, Sean Monahan is going to get paid too, Jets have a Byfuglien sized dilemma, drafting goalies, fantasy hockey and more in this week's Nation Roundup brought to you by DraftKings. Happy New Year Nation!!

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The NHL's New Year's resolution should be to fix the way points are awarded in the standings

Cam Lewis
December 31 2015 08:00AM

The NHL will never be perfect. Everybody has ideas on how to alter the league to either improve its economics and make it more profitable or change rules around so the game is played at a different pace. We’ve heard about axing the draft or the salary cap to promote player freedom and movement, shrinking goalie pads or increasing the size of the nets to generate more scoring, and of course, there are radical ideas like getting rid of offsides or implementing some form of relegation or banishment to the AHL. 

Obviously it isn’t easy to change the rules of a professional sports league as large as the NHL. That said, my New Year’s resolution for the league (and by New Year’s resolution, I mean put into effect next season) is changing the way points are awarded in the standings. This is a very, very simple fix and it’ll result in the best teams actually finishing at the top of the standings, and if we’re really lucky, it’ll make teams actually want to end games before they make it to overtime (and the shootout *shudders*).  

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