Team Canada did not produce much offence in its final pre-competition game for the world junior championship, but the Montrealer replicated what he has done all season for the Halifax Mooseheads. The dangerous wing scored Canada's only goal in the 2-1 shootout decision over Team Sweden on Saturday with a sweet move to the backhand. That's a pro goalie, Joel Lassinantti of Lulea in the Swedish Elite League, whom he made humble on that play.
Drouin and Mooseheads linemate Nathan MacKinnon showed some spark during the times they were thrown together during Canada's two games. It was only exhibition. Please also keep in mind the 11-day, six- or seven-game grind of the IIHF world U20 championship is a marathon for any player, of course. Both 17-year-olds are putting to rest any fears Hockey Canada would ignore them due to age.
Incidentally, how good have they and Halifax been in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League? The Mooseheads' current nine-game streak, part of which has been achieved since their entire first line departed for the world junior, have 29 wins at the holiday break. The Saint John Sea Dogs had that exact same total in 2010-11 before going on to tie the league record of 58 regular-season wins, go 16-1 while winning the President's Cup and then bring the MasterCard Memorial Cup home to the Maritimes. It will be a while before the Mooseheads could be put in that conversation, but try stopping some of their giddier fans from doing it.
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