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Tampa Bay Lightning trade Jonathan Drouin, swaping the talented forward for defensive prospect

By Erik Erlendsson | @Erik_Erlendsson | Like us on Facebook
June 15, 2017

The Lightning are a team oozing with top caliber forward talent.

That took a big hit on Thursday as Tampa Bay moved talented winger Jonathan Drouin to the Montreal Canadiens in a move that caught many around the league by surprise.

In exchange for Drouin, the Lightning receive prospect defenseman Mikhail Sergachev, the ninth overall pick in the 2016 draft. There are conditional draft picks involved as well – if Sergachev fails to appear in at least 40 games next season, including playoff games, Tampa Bay will receive the Washington Capitals second round pick (previously acquired by Montreal) in the 2018 NHL Draft while Tampa Bay would send a 2018 sixth-round pick in 2018 to the Canadiens.

Tampa Bay clearly coveted a high-profile defensive prospect to add to the organization and used Drouin to acquire one. It came at a high price, even for a prospect as highly regarded as Sergachev.

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