The Montreal Canadiens are going to be without forwards Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron for the foreseeable future.
Per head coach Claude Julien, the two will be having surgery to treat injuries sustained this season and will be out indefinitely.
Jonathan Drouin will have wrist surgery today and Paul Byron will have surgery tomorrow, per Claude Julien. Both will be out indefinitely.— Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) November 18, 2019
In a corresponding move, the Canadiens called up Charles Hudon from Laval to take Byron’s place on the fourth line. In his depth role, Byron has one goal and four points through 19 games.
Through 19 games this season, Drouin averaged 16:36 TOI and scored 7 goals and 15 points. The 24-year-old’s absence will be a big blow for a Montreal offence that has looked potent early on.
The Canadiens are 11-5-4 this season and currently hold the second spot in the Atlantic division.
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