Drouin explained that he’s been dealing with anxiety issues for years, and believes that anxiety also led to issues with insomnia. As hard as it was to not be able to play with the Canadiens — including during a surprise run to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final — it sounds like Drouin is confident that he made the right choice. He also indicated that he’s happy to be back skating with teammates again.
While those issues nagged Drouin for years, he really hit a wall during a series of games against the Flames in late April. At the time, the Canadiens only specified that he was missing time due to a “non-COVID illness.”
Jonathan Drouin ne participera pas au match de ce soir en raison de maux non-reliés au virus de la COVID-19.
Jonathan Drouin will not play in tonight’s game due to a non-covid related illness.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 24, 2021
Drouin discusses Canadiens absence, issues with anxiety and insomnia
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) September 20, 2021
Credit Drouin with prioritizing his health. It would be an inspiring, Masterton-worthy story if Drouin came back better than ever in 2021-22. He certainly has the physical gifts to be a difference-maker.
Yet, a healthy and happy Drouin would be more than inpsiring enough, even if the results don’t show on the ice.