Habs acquire Jonathan Drouin; send Mikhail Sergachev to Tampa
The Montreal Canadiens have acquired forward Jonathan Drouin from the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Canadiens also get a conditional sixth-round pick in 2018 from the Lightning.
Defenceman Mikhail Sergachev and a second-round pick in 2018 head to Tampa in the deal.
The 22-year-old Drouin, a native of Ste. Agathe, had 21 goals and 32 assists in 73 regular-season games for the Lightning last season.
Sergachev, 18, is a highly-touted blue-line prospect for the Habs, starring in junior with the Windsor Spitfires for the last two seasons.
He cracked the Habs lineup for four regular-season games this past season, scoring no points with a +1 rating.
Good for the Habs?
Of course, the big question is, will this trade be good for Montreal? After all, the Habs were dumped from this spring's playoffs by a team captained by the last Habs can't-miss blue-line prospect they traded away (Ryan McDonagh).
"This will electrify the city of Montreal," TSN's 690 hockey insider Bob McKenzie says ofthe Drouin trade. "This will be a well-received trade in Montreal, because you're trading a player who wasn't on the roster, albeit one who was penciled in to be a fixture on the blue line for the next 10 or 15 years. But you are bringing in a fully-formed National Hockey League player with elite offensive ability who happens to be French-Canadian."
As for Drouin himself, he's thrilled with coming back to his hometown team — according to his agent Allen Walsh.
"His words to me, when I told him he was trade, was that, 'this was my dream come true. This was my childhood dream,'" Walsh said.
-CJAD 800's Richard Deschamps contributed to this report.