Jonathan Drouin will have wrist surgery Monday and is out indefinitely for the Montreal Canadiens.
The 24-year-old forward was placed on injured reserve Saturday. Though the Canadiens did not say how he sustained the injury, Drouin was shaken up after a hit by Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin at 4:14 of the second period during a 5-2 win at Capital One Arena on Friday. Drouin went to the locker room, and Montreal coach Claude Julien said he went through concussion protocol before returning for the start of the third.
Drouin has 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 19 games.
“With Drouin, we’ll find out how much more damage there is,” Julien said.
Julien also said that forward Paul Byron will have knee surgery Tuesday. Byron, who was also injured Friday, did not play in a 4-3 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils on Saturday.
The 30-year-old has four points (one goal, three assists) in 19 games this season.
“With [Byron], they’re going to go in there and obviously look at his knee, and what kind of surgery I’m not sure,” Julien said. “We hope by the next day or two with both surgeries, we’ll be able to give you a timeline. But right now, it’s just a matter of seeing what comes out of it.”
The Canadiens (11-5-4) play the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV).