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.