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Drouin and Hoffman are neutral

Drouin and Hoffman are neutral

Leaving Montreal has not revived the careers of Jonathan Drouin and Mike Hoffman so far this season.

The two former Canadian forwards are in neutral positions, each with a meager pass.

Hoffman, who has played eight games, more than Drouin, played on the Sharks’ third line Friday night with Jacob Pettersson and Filip Zadina. California, the worst team in the NHL at the moment, lost 3-0 to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Times are very tough in San Jose. David Quinn’s side scored just eight goals in eight matches and collected just one point in the standings.

The Avalanche started the season strong with six wins and one loss, but that was not reflected in the production of Drouin, who last played with Miles Wood and Ross Colton on the third offensive unit.

Denver offered the Quebecois a one-year contract in hopes of seeing him enjoy his former Halifax Mooseheads teammate Nathan MacKinnon, but the latter is instead flanked by Artturi Lehkonen and Valeri Nishushkin at the moment.

Hoffman and Drouin left the Canadiens under different circumstances last summer. The former was traded to the Sharks in the three-team trade that sent Erik Karlsson to the Pittsburgh Penguins. For his part, Drouin became an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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