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Montreal Canadiens recall Charles Hudon from Laval, Jonathan Drouin out

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An emergency recall was required and Hudon will be available for Thursday’s game.

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The Montreal Canadiens have announced the emergency recall of forward Charles Hudon from the Laval Rocket.

The emergency recall became necessary as Jonathan Drouin is out with an ankle injury.

Charles Hudon has been by far the best forward for the Rocket over the course of the season, scoring a team-high 27 goals. His production skyrocketed when he was partnered with centreman Jesperi Kotkaniemi, as the two seem to have developed a lethal offensive chemistry, with Kotkaniemi putting up points at a point-per-game pace in the American Hockey League.

This is Hudon’s second recall of the season. In nine games with the Canadiens earlier this season, Hudon only scored one assist, playing mainly in a bottom six role. Overall, Hudon has 119 games of NHL experience with the Canadiens, and 253 AHL games with the Bulldogs, IceCaps, and the Rocket.

The Canadiens still have three regular recalls they can make until the end of the season, with Jake Evans being the first one. Karl Alzner has also been recalled under an emergency situation as the team had less than six healthy defenders.

As this is an emergency recall, Hudon will not require waivers to go back to the AHL as long as he doesn’t play 10 games or stay in the NHL 30 days on an emergency basis.