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Drouin out 3-4 weeks with fractured thumb

Jonathan Drouin

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin waits for play to resume in the first period of a preseason NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Mark Humphrey

From Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune:

Three weeks from today, the Lightning will already be onto their fourth game of the regular season. If it takes a full four weeks, he’d miss at least the first seven games.

That’s tough luck for the 19-year-old forward and third overall pick in the 2013 draft, who many were predicting would win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year in 2014-15.

Yesterday, Lightning head coach Jon Cooper would only say that Drouin’s injury “shouldn’t be a long-term lingering thing,” a description that fits a fractured thumb.