Drouin taking indefinite leave of absence from Canadiens


Jonathan Drouin is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the Montreal Canadiens for personal reasons.

The forward, who hasn’t played since April 21, was placed on long-term injured reserve Wednesday. He has scored 23 points (two goals, 21 assists) in 44 games this season.

Montreal (21-17-9) is fourth in the seven-team Scotia North Division, six points ahead of the fifth-place Calgary Flames, and host the division-leading Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; SN, RDS, NHL.TV). The top four teams qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Drouin is in his fourth season with the Canadiens. He was limited to 27 games last season because of a wrist injury, scoring 15 points (seven goals, eight assists).

Selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning with the No. 3 pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, Drouin has scored 232 points (69 goals, 163 assists) in 393 regular-season games for the Canadiens and Lightning and 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 33 playoff games.

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