…First, Drury has been back for a couple of weeks now. Second, where else would Drury play? He isn’t better suited to play on the top two lines at center than Derek Stepan and Artem Anisimov. The third line, which he could center, has Brian Boyle locked into it, and that only leaves the fourth line. Drury was on the second line for a little while with Anismov and Alex Frolov, but now that Mats Zuccarello is up, he is better suited to play there.
It’s just how it is. Drury played 7:50 last night with 40 seconds killing penalties. But he is the Captain of the team and he isn’t going anywhere until his contract is up. He is a $7 million dollar bottom six player.