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Drouin's agent requests trade from Tampa Bay

It's not often a 20-year-old forward drafted third overall becomes available on the trading block, but that's what has happened in the case of Jonathan Drouin.

Allan Walsh, the agent for Drouin, acknowledged Sunday he has asked the Tampa Bay Lightning to trade his client. Drouin put up 213 points in two junior seasons with Halifax, leading the Lightning to select him third overall behind Nathan MacKinnon and Aleskander Barkov in the 2013 NHL Draft.

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The 5-foot-11, 188-pound winger recorded four goals and 32 points during a 70-game rookie campaign last year but appeared in just six playoff games for the Eastern Conference champions.

Drouin has two goals and eight points in 19 games this season. The Lightning assigned him to Syracuse of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

"On behalf of Jonathan Drouin, I formally requested a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning back in November," Walsh said in a statement. "We have not said one word about this untenable situation publicly until today. It's in everyone's best interests that Jonathan be allowed to move on and play hockey.

"Let's be clear, Jonathan loves playing for the fans in Tampa, he loves his teammates, and many people within the Lightning organization have treated him well. It was his sincere intention to play in Tampa for many years."

While it's not clear if the goal-starved Sabres will make a call about the forward, General Manager Tim Murray has made it clear often that he is always in the market for young players with NHL experience.

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