Lightning recall Drouin from AHL’s Crunch

Gene Principe caught up with Jonathan Drouin, who has been called up by Lightning, but not quite ready to make his NHL debut.

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning recalled forward Jonathan Drouin and defenceman Luke Witkowski from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League on Sunday.

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Drouin, the third overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, was assigned to Syracuse for conditioning on Thursday and played in two games with the Crunch over the weekend, recording a goal and two assists with a plus-4 rating.

Drouin, 19, was assigned for conditioning after suffering a minor fracture on his right thumb, causing him to miss the Lightning’s training camp.

Witkowski has played in all four games this year for Syracuse, recording an assist and 15 penalty minutes. In his first professional season in 2013-14, Witkowski appeared in 76 games with the Crunch, notching two goals and 12 points with 204 penalty minutes.

Witkowski skated in four pre-season games with Tampa Bay this season, recording an assist and 11 penalty minutes.

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