Drouin missed training camp because of a fractured right thumb, but he returned to action this past weekend with the Syracuse Crunch, recording one goal and two assists in two games.
Lighting coach Jon Cooper told reporters Monday that the 19-year-old forward would not play Monday night against the Edmonton Oilers after playing back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday and then traveling on Sunday. But the coach added that Drouin would play soon.
"We think he'll make us a better team," Tampa general manager Steve Yzerman said, according to the Tampa Bay Times. "He's ready."
The Lightning are preparing for their second game of a five-game trip against Western Conference opponents.
Drouin, the No. 3 overall selection in the 2013 draft, scored 108 points in 46 games last season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.