Montreal Canadiens’ Jonathan Drouin taking leave of absence

Apr 3, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Jonathan Drouin (92) skates during the warm-up session before a game against Ottawa Senators at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin is taking an indefinite leave of absence for personal reasons, the team announced Wednesday.

Drouin, 26, was placed on long-term injured reserve and the Canadiens asked everyone to respect his privacy.

He has missed Montreal’s past three games with a “non-COVID illness,” last appearing in a 4-3 win at the Edmonton Oilers last Wednesday.

Drouin has two goals and 21 assists in 44 games this season.

A first-round pick (third overall) by Tampa Bay in 2013, Drouin has 232 points (69 goals, 163 assists) in 393 games with the Lightning (2014-17) and Canadiens.

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