Montreal Canadiens forwardÂ Jonathan Drouin underwent successful wrist surgeryÂ on Monday and will be out for a minimum of eight weeks, it was announced on Tuesday.
The team had placed Drouin on injured reserveÂ on Saturday and said the 24-year-oldÂ sustained the injuryÂ during the third period of Friday’s 5-2 win over the Washington Capitals.
Drouin’s loss serves a huge blow to a Montreal team that finds itself second in the Atlantic Division through Nov. 18; hisÂ 15 points in 19 games played had put him on pace for a 64-point season, which would serve asÂ a career-high.Â The forwardÂ entered Friday’s game tied for the team’s overall scoring lead with Tomas Tatar, who scored four points against the Capitals.
The Canadiens also announced that alternate captainÂ Paul Byron underwent knee surgery on TuesdayÂ and is expected to miss four weeks.Â Byron’s injury appears to stem from a collision with Washington’s Richard Panik in that same game. The 30-year-old forwardÂ did not play in Saturday’s contest against the New Jersey Devils.
In Drouin’s absence, the Canadiens recalled forward Charles Hudon from their AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket.Â Hudon recorded under seven minutes and 55 seconds of ice time in Saturday’s gameÂ and recordedÂ one shot on goal.