Canadiens’ Deslauriers out indefinitely with facial fracture

2018 3rd overall pick Jesperi Kotkaniemi had a goal and was buzzing all night, in the Montreal Canadiens preseason win over New Jersey.

Montreal Canadiens winger Nicolas Deslauriers is out indefinitely after having surgery for a facial fracture Tuesday morning.

Deslauriers, who had 10 goals and 55 penalty minutes in 58 games with the Canadiens last season, was injured with less than five minutes remaining in the first period of Monday’s game after fighting with Devils forward Brandon Baddock.

Deslauriers played 4:38 before being ruled out for the remainder of the game by the Canadiens. He was then sent to hospital to be evaluated for an upper-body injury, according to Canadiens coach Claude Julien.

The six-foot-one, 215-pound Deslauriers was signed to a two-year, $1.9 million contract extension in February of last season. He came to the Canadiens from the Buffalo Sabres in a trade for defenceman Zach Redmond last October.

With files from Eric Engels.

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