Big-time trade season has officially started in the NHL.
On Thursday afternoon, the Montreal Canadiens acquired forward Jonathan Drouin and a conditional sixth round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft from the Tampa Bay Lighting for defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional second round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
Condition on the picks in Tampa-Montreal trade is that if Sergachev plays 40 games for Bolts next season, there are no picks exchanged.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 15, 2017
Drouin, 22, was the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. He is currently a restricted free agent after scoring 21 goals with 32 assists in 73 games with Tampa last season. He has 95 points in 164 career regular season NHL games.
Sergachev, who turns 19 on June 25, was the ninth player selected in last year’s NHL Draft. He appeared in four games for the Habs before heading back to Windsor (OHL).