Jonathan Drouin Looking Forward To Playing For Avalanche Under "Less Of A Spotlight"

Jonathan Drouin is eagerly looking forward to the next chapter of his hockey journey, which will unfold with the Colorado Avalanche.

The 28-year-old forward anticipates a departure from the intense media scrutiny he faced during his tenure with the Montreal Canadiens.

In a distinct contrast, he remarked, "There’s a little less media, a little less stuff going on," highlighting his relief at the prospect of a more tranquil spotlight.

Drouin's optimism is palpable as he joins the Avalanche, a team he believes will provide him with a conducive environment for personal and professional growth.

He is particularly excited about the potential for success with a team that boasts playoff prospects and beyond. The opportunity to rekindle his career on the ice and regain his once-promising trajectory is a driving force for him.

In Montreal, Drouin grappled with the weight of high expectations, battling both injuries and the toll of playing for a historically significant franchise.

The pressures he faced culminated in a leave of absence during the 2020-21 season due to anxiety. Now, reuniting with his former teammate Nathan MacKinnon from their shared time with the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads adds an extra layer of enthusiasm to his new venture.

The shift to the Avalanche not only presents Drouin with the chance to thrive on the ice but also offers respite from the unforgiving media glare that accompanied his Montreal days. Photo Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports