The second overall pick behind Nathan MacKinnon in this year’s QMJHL draft has been the subject of speculation and rumours since it was announced he would not be reporting to the Halifax Mooseheads training camp, choosing instead to stay in Quebec and play midget AAA for Lac-St. Louis.
Since that day, rumours of trading the player all the way to stories about a holdout for money have been thrown around in blogs and fan forums, while both the family and the Mooseheads have stayed quiet for the most part. That is, until Drouin visited the Mooseheads this past week and set off a frenzy of fan speculation, many hoping the highly touted forward would be an answer to recent injury problems and make a surprise midseason jump to the Herd.
To further to fuel, the following picture has surfaced with a clearly labelled “#27 Drouin” stick nestled in-between Konrad Abeltshauser and Travis Randell and taken prior to the November 25th game verse the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles:
Appearing on a photo stream from a Halifax Mooseheads photographer*, is it a sign that Drouin is on his way?
As the old saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, how much can be taken from this photograph?
Although it is clear that there is also a Parisien stick present, the over-age forward at least attended training camp, while Drouin never even showed up.
With speculation already rife in Moose Country, this picture will surely excite a fan base of a team that is enjoying great success early on this season.
*Photo Credit goes to David Chan, he’s been taking pictures for about 5 years for the Mooseheads.
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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU every Monday Morning at 10am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , where he live tweets his thoughts during each Mooseheads game.