Drouin, 26, informed TSN/RDS in an interview Monday that he is been coping with the difficulty for a few years, and his breaking level got here throughout a street journey final season.
The Canadiens performed two video games in Edmonton, and Drouin appeared in each. He took half within the pregame skate earlier than their sport on the Calgary Flames on April 23, however left the lineup for what the staff stated was a “non-COVID associated sickness.” He missed all three video games the Canadiens performed in Calgary on that street journey and wouldn’t seem for Montreal once more for the remainder of the season.
Drouin hadn’t slept for 3 nights earlier than the Flames sport.
“That is the place it hit a wall for me. It was time to step away from the sport. Actually take a step again from every little thing and revel in life,” stated Drouin, making his first public feedback about his go away of absence. “It was arduous for me to do at the moment — clearly, the playoffs have been coming round.”
He watched because the Canadiens eradicated the Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets and Vegas Golden Knights earlier than falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning in 5 video games within the Stanley Cup Closing.
“It wasn’t a straightforward factor to do. However I am happy with what I’ve executed and I am pleased I did it,” he stated. “It is arduous to step away and watch all the blokes. However at the moment, I made my resolution and caught with it.”
Drouin will participate in Canadiens coaching camp, which formally begins on Wednesday.
“It is simply good to be again to my coaching and my skating. I took a number of day off to consider stuff. Simply proud of how my summer season went,” he stated.
Drouin has 232 factors in 393 NHL video games with the Lightning and Canadiens. He had 23 factors in 44 video games with Montreal earlier than leaving the staff.