Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin, Paul Byron out indefinitely

Thomas WilliamsHockey writer
The Montreal Canadiens will be testing their depth with Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron needing surgery. (Photo by Vincent Ethier/Icon Sportswire)
The Montreal Canadiens will be testing their depth with Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron needing surgery. (Photo by Vincent Ethier/Icon Sportswire)

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.

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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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