After the season, Jonathan Drouin mentioned he wouldn’t be able to go to the Worlds due to an injury and on Wednesday, we found out what it was as he has undergone surgery to repair a fractured nose.
It doesn’t appear as if the injury was sustained during the season. Instead, it’s believed that it occurred during his time with Tampa Bay.
This past season was an up-and-down one for Drouin. Although he tied his career high in points with 53, he saw his production fall off a cliff down the stretch. From March 1st to the end of the campaign, he had just a goal and two assists in 18 games which is hardly the output they were expecting from their highest-paid forward.
In their announcement about the procedure, the Habs indicated that Drouin should be able to resume his offseason workout procedures in two-to-three weeks so this shouldn’t have any impact on him for the start of 2019-20. He joins Jesperi Kotkaniemi as players that have undergone surgery since the season came to an end last month.