Canadiens F Jonathan Drouin taking leave of absence

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Canadiens F Jonathan Drouin taking leave of absence

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.

--Field Level Media

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