Halifax Mooseheads' left-winger and former Lac St. Louis Lions Jonathan Drouin has recently been selected to participate in Team Canada's World Juniors' training camp in anticipation of the annual holiday-time tournament.
The 5'11, 176-pound Ste. Agathe native is one of the seven players from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) to be selected for the camp amongst 37 players selected in the country's three major junior leagues.
Playing his second season in the QMJHL, Drouin's stellar antics and statistics have attracted the attention of Team Canada's decision-makers. The former Lion has 42 points in 21 games and places 11th in the league in scoring despite having missed six games.
The stars seemed to be aligned for Drouin to go early in next year's NHL draft. In its first publication made public on Nov. 20, the NHL's central scouting agency had Drouin ranked second, just behind teammate Nathan MacKinnon among the best prospects playing in the QMJHL.
Since then, the Red Line Report, an independent recruitment service, went even further by classifying Drouin second best prospect in the world, behind the defenseman Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks.