TAMPA, Florida -- The last week has been a blur for Lightning first round pick Jonathan Drouin.
"It's very exciting," he said. "It's another step."
The No. 3 pick in the draft took his first strides this weekend in an NHL jersey at the Lightning Developmental Camp. It was a chance for Drouin to prove he's ready for the spotlight.
"We've got him at development camp, then it will be rookie camp," said Lightning director of amateur scouting Al Murray. "You don't want to hold them back when they are ready (for the NHL)."
It's the same game he's played since he was a kid, but Drouin said it felt different to be in a NHL practice. His fellow draft picks can see his raw talent out on the ice.
"He's a great player. His skill is second to none," said Slater Koekkoek. "He's a great guy off the ice as well."
On the ice, all signs point to an exciting next few years.