Montreal Canadiens Paul Byron Suspended Three Games

Paul Byron
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - JANUARY 14: Paul Byron #41 of the Montreal Canadiens looks or a shot on goal against the Boston Bruins during the second period at TD Garden on January 14, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The NHL Department of Player Safety announced that Montreal Canadiens winger Paul Byron has been suspended for three games. This is Byron’s first suspension.

Paul Byron Suspended Three Games

Byron’s three-game suspension comes after he was involved in a high hit on Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar. Byron delivered the hit to Weegar early in the second period of Tuesday’s game. Weegar would not return to the game. Byron was called for charging on the play.

Byron forcefully launched himself into Weegar and made significant contact with his head, which the DoPS mentioned upon his suspension. Despite having no prior history, Byron will accept the suspension as is.

So far this season, he scored 10 goals and eight assists for 18 points. He also added six minutes in penalties. His possession numbers were 52.5 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of -1.9 percent.

Over his 9-year NHL career, Byron has played for the Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, and Montreal Canadiens. He has put up 80 goals and 82 assists for 162 career points in 397 career games. He was drafted in the sixth round, 179th overall of the 2007 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres.

What This Means For The Future

In the midst of a three-game winning streak, losing Byron is a huge blow to the Habs. Byron brings speed to the third line of the Habs and is essential on the PK unit. His speed allows him to beat players on the rush and get on the breakaway. Byron has shuffled between lines this season and most recently has been playing on the third line.

Charles Hudon will most likely draw into the lineup for the Habs while Byron serves his suspension. Hudon has not played since January 8th of this season. It has been rumored, though, that Hudon is looking to get out of Montreal due to a lack of playing time. So Hudon will look to take this chance to impress during Byron’s absence.

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