While he is still expected to make an eventual recovery from the “vision-related issue” that has kept him out for much of the season, Montreal Canadiens defenseman Noah Juulsen will not play again this year according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports.
Juulsen, 21, has had a rough start to his professional career since being selected 26th overall in 2015. In 2017 as he was preparing for his first pro season he broke his foot in training camp, and was limited to just 54 games across two levels in the 2017-18 season. This year he’s played even fewer, suiting up just 24 times between the NHL and AHL. In November Juulsen was hit in the face twice by errant pucks and suffered facial fractures, taking him out of the lineup for a long stretch. He actually returned to play a few games but will now be shut down for the rest of the year.
Vision related issues are often quite serious and there was some worry that Juulsen’s career would be in jeopardy. That doesn’t appear to be the case right now, but we’ll have to keep a close watch on him as he recovers through the offseason. Hopefully he can return at full strength for the Canadiens and be a key part of their blue line for a long time.