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Montreal Canadiens defenceman Noah Juulsen shut down for the season

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The young defender is expected to be at training camp in September.

NHL: Washington Capitals at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Noah Juulsen has been shut down for the remainder of this season due to the facial fracture he originally suffered against the Washington Capitals on November 20, 2018.

Juulsen took two pucks to the cheek area against the Capitals, but initially only missed three weeks of action before returning to the lineup on December 11th against the Minnesota Wild. After suiting up four times for the Canadiens, Juulsen was assigned to the Laval Rocket of the American Hockey League. The youngster would only play in three games with the Rocket, one of which he left early for an undisclosed reason, before being listed on the injury report.

That undisclosed reason became clear a few weeks later when news broke that he was suffering from peripheral vision issues. Marc Bergevin, at his trade deadline press conference, noted it would be unlikely Juulsen would play again this season, and today’s report re-affirms that.

In 21 games in the NHL this year, Juulsen collected one goal and four assists while averaging 17:07 of ice time per game for Claude Julien.