This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.
Big baby or smart stuff? Jonathan Drouin slammed the gate on general manager Steve Yzerman's foot earlier this week. Ballsy stuff for a 20-year-old.
Or has he already lost the fight?
Drouin is fantastically talented. There was a time when he was viewed as the top player available in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. But he's also the only top-10 draftee who hasn't carved out a full-time gig in the NHL.
He's 20. His play away from the puck needs work. Everyone knows it. Well, maybe everyone except him. The talent – the elite playmaking – is still there. But the once top teenage player in the CHL isn't used to biding his time or being down the depth chart.
Enter Steve Yzerman, the fair, but intense GM who learned the dos and don'ts of his job from the great Scotty Bowman. And there's only one thing you need to know about Scotty to understand Stevie Y's position.
Scotty Bowman broke Stevie Y's youthful arrogance. And Stevie Y will do the same here. It might be by keeping him and forcing the issue. Or it might be through a trade.
Yzerman wanted out of Detroit. He was a high-flying, but somewhat immature young star who couldn't carry a team. That is, until he bought into Bowman's approach and changed his game, so the team became more important than the "I." And then along came the silver chalice. Several times. Plus a ticket straight to the Hall of Fame.