Canadiens’ Drouin out for minimum of eight weeks after wrist surgery

Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron will be forced to have knee surgery after getting tangled up with Caps' Richard Panik, and falling down awkwardly.

Montreal Canadiens centre Jonathan Drouin will miss a minimum of eight weeks after having wrist surgery Monday, the team has announced.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Ed Harvey at Montreal General Hospital.

Drouin was injured in Friday’s win over the Washington Capitals but, according to head coach Claude Julien, not as of the result of the massive hit he received from Alex Ovechkin. In 19 games this season, he has seven goals and 15 points.

“We’re in a sport where injuries unfortunately happen,” Julien said Monday. “We’re just going to hope it’s shorter than longer and we’re going to hope he comes back the way he left us.”

The Canadiens will also be without winger Paul Byron for four weeks. Byron had knee surgery Tuesday after also being injured in the Capitals game.

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