Top draft picks come with lofty expectations and a bright spotlight from the moment their name is announced and they step up on stage on draft day.

That is the first step of a process that extends into the summer rookie camp the start of training camp into the first preseason game and eventually the first regular-season game. Eyes focus a little sharper on every move ears perk up to hear every word and stories are written a little longer to account for it all.

Jonathan Drouin the third overall pick in the June draft is in the midst of that process after appearing in his first preseason game with Tampa Bay on Thursday at The Forum. The 5-foot-11 194-pounder skated with 2011 first-round pick Vlad Namestnikov and skilled winger Nikita Kucherov.

By all accounts Drouin is handling the scrutiny just fine to this point as he begins to get comfortable in his new surroundings.

“You can see he’s starting to open up verbally a little bit more and all the young guys are quiet at the start ... but he is gradually looking more and more comfortable just watching him play’’ Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said.

Drouin has begun to blend in while playing a position he’s not necessarily comfortable with. Or at least not overly experienced.

For the previous 18 months Drouin played left wing for Halifax alongside center Nathan MacKinnon the No. 1 overall pick by Colorado in June. But since arriving for rookie camp this month the Lightning have shifted him to the middle to see if he might fit into that role.

Drouin played center at the midget level and filled in on the top line for Halifax when MacKinnon missed time with an injury last season. So the position is not completely unfamiliar to him.

“The D zone is a little harder you can’t stand on the defenseman you have to be there and you’re depended on down low so that’s the biggest thing’’ Drouin said. “I think obviously they think I’m a smart player so they wanted me to play both positions and whatever is open and where they want me to play I’ll play. I’m not really worried if it’s left wing right wing or center.’’