Drouin scored a goal on four shots in Wednesday's 4-3 win over the Penguins in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. Drouin's tally at 10:13 of the second period cut the deficit to one goal, and the Canadiens would tally twice more in the contest to get the win. The goal was Drouin's first postseason point of the year. He lost large chunks of 2019-20 to injuries, but the 25-year-old forward is a two-time 50-point scorer in his career.
According to general manager Marc Bergevin, Drouin (ankle) has been cleared to play, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports. Drouin has only appeared in 27 games this season due to injuries to his wrist and ankle, but he's still been one of Montreal's better forwards when healthy, picking up seven goals and 15 points over that span. The 2013 first-round pick will slide into a middle-six role and a spot on one of the Canadiens' power-play units once postseason play gets underway.
Drouin (ankle) has seven goals, eight assists and a 13.7 shooting percentage over 27 games in 2019-20. Drouin had an impressive start to the season, recording 15 points and a 17.9 shooting percentage over 17 games before wrist surgery put an end to what was looking like his best season since joining Montreal. He returned from the wrist injury after missing 37 games, but an ankle injury forced him to miss another seven games. He was on the verge of returning when the NHL pressed the pause button on the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. It can't be known if Drouin was taking his offense to another level because of the injury. That will most likely be answered in 2020-21, the first of three remaining years on a six-year deal he inked in 2017.
Drouin (ankle) won't play Tuesday against the Predators, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Drouin returned to practice Monday, so he's definitely making progress in his recovery, but there's still no concrete timetable for his return to game action. Once he's given the green light, the 24-year-old forward will return to a top-six role and a spot on one of Montreal's power-play units.
Drouin (ankle) participated in Monday's practice session. While the team didn't provide more clarity on whether Drouin would be ready for Tuesday's clash with Nashville, the fact that the natural center is on the ice is a step in the right direction. Once cleared to play, the Quebec native figures to retake a top-six role for the Habs.
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