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Habs Report: Drouin’s Season Over? Canadiens Recall Jesse Ylönen

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The news just keeps getting worse for Montreal Canadiens winger Jonathan Drouin.

Per numerous reports, Drouin needs surgery for his nagging wrist injury that has had him in and out of the lineup and limited him to just 34 games this season.

The Montreal Canadiens are yet to confirm that Drouin will need surgery and that his 2021-22 season is done, but an NHL source close to the Habs winger did to Montreal Hockey Now Sunday morning, saying:

“It’s a shame this kid keeps having this luck. He deserves better.”

On Thursday morning, Montreal Canadiens winger Jonathan Drouin was forced to go home prior to the game-day skate due to ‘close exposure’ with someone who had tested positive for COVID. On Friday, the Canadiens announced that Drouin has been placed on injured reserve and will be out indefinitely with an upper-body injury.

Drouin had just returned to game-action last Saturday after sitting out with a wrist injury for two months. He didn’t register a point in his last two games and has six goals and 14 assists in 34 games this season.

The Montreal Canadiens could also be facing the remainder of the season without defenceman Jeff Petry. On Saturday, the Canadiens announced that 34-year old defenceman Jeff Petry will be out indefinitely with an lower-body injury. Petry left the game on Thursday night against the Florida Panthers after looking to be in a world of discomfort as he walked down the tunnel to the dressing room. The loss of Petry will surely hurt the Canadiens’ defence going down the stretch, leaving David Savard as the top right-handed defenceman on the club at the moment.

The Montreal Canadiens may also be without the services of forwards Michael Pezzetta and Tyler Pitlick tonight when they face the New Jersey Devils. Both were injured in and did not play in the third period of the team’s thrilling 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

As of 11:30 AM ET Sunday morning, the Montreal Canadiens were yet to provide updates on Pezetta and Pitlick but they did recall Jesse Ylönen from Laval. Here’s what the roster looked like Saturday night, but obviously there could be some changes.

Forwards

Cole Caufield-Nick Suzuki– Josh Anderson

Rem Pitlick-Jake Evans-Mike Hoffman

Paul Byron-Christian Dvorak-Joel Armia

Michael Pezzetta – Laurent Dauphin – Tyler Pitlick

Defence:

Alexander Romanov-David Savard

William Lagesson-Joel Edmundson

Corey Schueneman – Chris Wideman

Goalies:

Jake Allen

Sam Montembeault

 

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