Drouin was sent back to the minors.
Another young star with NHL hopes will have to wait, as the Tampa Bay Lightning sent No. 3 overall pick Jonathan Drouin back to the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL. Drouin could not beat out other prospects like 2008 seventh-rounder Ondrej Palat and 2009 second-rounder Richard Panik, who played 24 games for Tampa Bay last season.
Drouin finished last season second in scoring in the QMJHL with 41 goals and 64 assists in just 49 games. Those numbers could improve as an 18-year-old.
The Jets have suspended a player.
Another young Russian is trying to leave the Winnipeg Jets to play in his homeland.
Ivan Telegin, a fourth round pick (101st overall) of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010, has been suspended by the Jets for refusing to report to the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League and is believed to be seeking somewhere else to play.
Although Telegin would probably like to play in the Kontinental Hockey League, the NHL has a handshake agreement with the league that is meant to prevent players under contract to NHL clubs from doing so.
The Leafs have placed Liles on waivers.
John-Michael Liles was placed on waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs Sunday, ending a long spell of speculation about his future with the franchise.
With the Leafs facing a deadline to submit their season opening roster to the NHL, Liles was one of several so-called bubble players to receive the news they’d been placed on waivers.