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Lightning suspend former No. 3 pick after he skips AHL game amid trade rumors

The suspension is the latest development in the Jonathan Drouin saga.

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Jonathan Drouin, the former third overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft, has been suspended from the Tampa Bay Lightning organization without pay after he failed to report to an AHL game. The news came down just after the start of the Syracuse Crunch game on Wednesday evening, with Drouin a no-show for his club.

Drouin was at the Crunch morning skate early on Wednesday, but his absence from the pregame skate caused much flurry on social media as to his whereabouts, whether it was an injury or a trade that was keeping the forward out of the lineup. Instead, Drouin was immediately suspended after failing to show.

The news is just the latest segment in Drouin's saga with the Lightning organization. Earlier this month, it was reported that Drouin requested a trade out of the organization due to his dissatisfaction with his place within the franchise. Almost immediately after, Drouin was sent to the minors, where he has amassed just three points during his few weeks with the club.

Drouin's agent released a statement on the forward's suspension, adding another wrinkle to the already complex story.