Canadiens Draft: Round-by-Round 5 Year Review

Since 2009, the Montreal Canadiens have made some very interesting draft choices that have gone on to be contributors to their team, including a fifth round small Brendan Gallagher. This piece examines the Canadiens’ draft picks in every round between the years 2009-2013 (since 2014 draft choices haven’t begun their new seasons yet) and who was the best choice in each round throughout the years. The opinions presented to you do not necessarily reflect the opinions of All About The Habs and it’s staff, but instead one writer.

1st Round

2013 – Michael McCarron (Right Wing) [25th Overall]
2012 – Alex Galchenyuk (Centre) [3rd Overall]
2011 – Nathan Beaulieu (Defence) [17th Overall]
2010 – Jarred Tinordi (Defence) [22nd Overall via Phoenix]
2009 – Louis Leblanc (Centre) [18th Overall]

2014 first round draft pick: Nikita Scherbak (Right Wing) [26th Overall]

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Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

 

Alex Galchenyuk
Position: Centre
Age: 20
Birthplace: Milwaukee, USA
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 198lbs

Since being drafted in 3rd overall of the 1st round in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens, Galchenyuk spent some time back in the Ontario Hockey League where he was captain of the Sarnia Sting while the lockout loomed that push back the start date of the season. During that time, Galchenyuk nearly averaged two points per game tallying 61 points in a matter of 33 games. After about a season and a half in Montreal, the young star posted 58 points in 113 regular season games along with 6 points in 10 games with the team. Galchenyuk missed out on some of the later regular season and early playoffs due to a lower body injury thus reducing his potential scoring totals for his time in Montreal so far. Since being drafted to the Canadiens, Alex has represented the United States in a total of eleven games at the international level putting 4 goals and 6 assists on the board during that time frame.

 

 2nd Round

2013 – Jacob de la Rose (Left Wing) [34th Overall via Nashville]
Zachary Fucale (Goalie) [36th Overall via Calgary]
– Artturi Lehkonen (Left Wing) [55th Overall]
2012 – Sebastian Collberg (Right Wing) [33rd Overall]
– Dalton Thrower (Defence) [51st Overall via Nashville]
2011 – N/A
2010 – N/A
2009 – N/A

2014 second round draft pick: N/A

Jacob de la Rose and Zachary Fucale stand at a tie for the best second round draft choice in the last five years. Even with both having outstanding potential, the fact that they are at two completely different positions make this even tougher to compare. Thus, both de la Rose and Fucale are awarded this position.

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Photo: Univershockey.ca

Jacob de la Rose
Position: Left Wing
Age: 19
Birthplace: Arvika, Sweden
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 190lbs

Jacob de la Rose was the first of three second round picks the Montreal Canadiens had available to them at the 2013 draft. This draft position came via a trade in February, 2012 with Nashville which saw Andrei Kostitsyn pack up his bags for Tennessee in return for this pick and the cancellation of a previous conditional fifth round pick from the Hal Gill trade. Since being drafted to the storied Canadiens franchise, de la Rose has been playing professionally in Sweden taking home 13 points in 49 total games with Leksands IF. At the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships, Jacob participated in seven games for his home country Sweden and put six points on the board. Jacob will be at the Canadiens training camp later this month and should the situation arise that he does not make the team, he has agreed to play for the Hamilton Bulldogs, Montreal’s American Hockey League affiliate during the 2014-15 season as an effort to stay in North America.

 


Photo: The Telegram

Photo: The Telegram

Zachary Fucale
Position: Goaltender
Age: 19
Birthplace: Laval, Canada
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 181lbs

The second of three picks available to the Canadiens in the 2013 National Hockey League Draft was used to pick up the first goaltender taken in the draft, QMJHL Champion and CHL Memorial Cup Winner Zach Fucale. This draft position found it’s way into Montreal’s hands via Calgary from a January, 2012 trade when Montreal sent a 5th round pick (2012), Mike Cammalleri and Kari Rammo to Calgary in exchange for this draft pick, Rene Bourque and Patrick Holland. Fucale and the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League still put up nearly top of the table numbers despite the departure of Nathan MacKinnon. The team was 36-12-2 with Fucale in net in the regular season while Fucale recorded a total Goals Against Average of 2.66 and Save Percentage of .907. When Fucale stood in between the pipes during the Mooseheads playoff run, the team went 9-4-2 and Fucale’s numbers slipped slightly to a 2.79GAA and .882% Save Percentage. Since being drafted by the Canadiens, Fucale represented Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships and recorded a 2.42GAA along with a .902% Save Percentage. Numbers more similar to his QMJHL regular season performance rather than his playoff performance.

 

3rd Round

2013 – Connor Crisp (Left Wing) [71st Overall via Dallas]
Sven Andrighetto (Right Wing) [86th Overall]
2012 – Tim Bozon (Left Wing) [64th Overall]
2011 – N/A
2010 – N/A
2009 – Joonas Nattinen (Centre) [65th Overall via Atlanta]
– Mac Bennett (Defence) [79th Overall]

2014 third round draft choice: Brett Lernout (Defence) [73rd Overall via Arizona]

 

Tim Bozon is to receive honourable mention for best third round choice since 2009. This was a tough one to decide as Bozon contracted a life-threatening Neisseria meningitis while being in a medically induced coma which sat him out from hockey for months.  Thus, making statistical and athletic growth nearly impossible to compare.

Photo: Hamilton Bulldogs / RDS

Photo: Hamilton Bulldogs / RDS

Sven Andrighetto
Position: Right Wing
Age: 21
Birthplace: Sumiswald, Switzerland
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 181lbs

Andrighetto was the original Canadiens third round pick in 2013, being drafted 15 picks after the Canadiens took Connor Crisp with a pick via Dallas in the same round. Since being drafted by the Habs, Andrighetto stayed in North America to play the year with the Canadiens’ American Hockey League affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs where the third round pick was second on the team in points with 44 in the 64 games Sven suited up for. He was also third on the team in shots on goal with 171, scoring 9.9% of them. Andrighetto represented Switzerland at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships since being drafted, averaging over a point of game by recording eight in only six played.

 

4th Round

2013 – Martin Reway (Left Wing) [116th Overall]
2012 – Brady Vail (Centre) [94th Overall]
2011 – Josiah Didier (Defence) [97th Overall via Winnipeg]
– Olivier Archambault (Left Wing) [108th Overall]
Magnus Nygren (Defence) [113th Overall via Anaheim]
2010 – Mark Macmillan (Forward) [113th Overall via Buffalo]
– Morgan Ellis (Defence) [117th Overall]
2009 – Alexander Avtsin (Right Wing) [109th Overall]

2014 fourth round draft choice: N/A


Photo: Scanpix

Photo: Scanpix

Magnus Nygren
Position: Defence
Age: 24
Birthplace: Karlstad, Sweden
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 192lbs

Magnus Nygren is the product of yet another time the Canadiens staff have been successful when using a draft pick that was obtained from another team, particularly from the Western Conference during a winter transation. This time, the draft pick switched hands via a December, 2009 trade that sent Kyle Chipchura to Anaheim in exchange for this pick that later turned out to be Nygren. Magnus has played 105 games overseas in Sweden since being drafted by Montreal and has put 53 points on the board during his professional debut in Europe. Nygren has represented Sweden in 19 games since the day of the draft and has been a positive factor towards the nation’s team with 7 points in total. Before abandoning his North American commitment in Hamilton to go back home, Nygren posted an impressive 8 points in his first, and only, 16 games in Hamilton with the bulldogs.

 

5th Round

 2013 – N/A
2012 – Charles Hudon (Left Wing) [122nd Overall via Columbus]
2011 – Darren Dietz (Defence) [138th Overall]
2010 – Brendan Gallagher (Right Wing) [147th Overall]
2009 – Gabriel Dumont (Centre) [139th Overall]

2014 fifth round draft choice:

– Nikolas Koberstein (Defence) [125th Overall via NYI]
– Daniel Audette (Centre) [147th Overall]

Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Brendan Gallagher
Position: Right Wing
Age: 22
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 179lbs

Being a fifth round pick in 2010, who would have thought that the player selected 147th overall would end up being the runner-up for the Calder trophy in his rookie year? It is not often that you see a 5th round selection playing on the main squad the next season, so Gallagher spent 120 more games with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League to finalize his junior career. After being drafted, Gallagher posted 91 points in 66 games as the team’s Assistant Captain, and the next season put up 77 points in only 54 games as team Captain of the Giants. Gallagher proved to the doubters that his passion and talent overrides his size. The right wing was drafted in the 9th round of the WHL Draft by Vancouver, the team he went on to set team records in goals and points for. As previously mentioned, after being drafted 147th overall, has the 6th highest point total so far among all 210 players in that draft. When his Junior A career came to a finish, Gallagher was sent to Hamilton to play with the Bulldogs and put up 20 points in 36 games before being called up to Montreal where he has a total of 69 points in 125 career games played.

 

6th Round

2013 – Jeremy Gregoire (Centre) [176th Overall]
2012 – Erik Nystrom (Left Wing) [154th Overall]
2011 – Daniel Pribyl (Centre) [168th Overall]
2010 – N/A
2009 – Dustin Walsh (Centre) [169th Overall]

 2014 sixth round draft choice: Hayden Hawkey (Goalie) [177th Overall]

Photo: TheReuschBlog

Photo: TheReuschBlog

Erik Nystrom
Position: Left Wing
Age: 20
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Height: 5’11”
Weight: 176lbs

Erik Nystrom was selected 154th overall (6th round) by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Nystrom is the only sixth round pick by the Canadiens since 2009 to play a professional hockey game anywhere. Nystrom has spent most of his time playing in Europe, playing 46 in Sweden where he put up 35 points and 20 in Russia where he only recorded one point. The time Erik has spent in North America has been spent with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. In 17 games with the Canadiens’ affiliate, he has posted 5 points and has a total plus/minus rating of +2 in all mentioned leagues combined.

 

7th Round

2013 – N/A
2012 – N/A
2011 – Colin Sullivan (Defence) [198th Overall]
2010 – John Westin (Left Wing) [207th Overall]
2009 – Michael Cichy (Centre) [199th Overall]
– Petteri Simila (Goalie) [211th Overall via Pittsburgh]

2014 seventh round draft choice: Jake Evans (Centre/Right Wing) [207th Overall]

Photo: Canadiens.NHL.com

Photo: Canadiens.NHL.com

Michael Cichy
Position: Centre
Age: 24
Birthplace: New Hartford, USA
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 185lbs

Since being drafted by Montreal in 2009, Cichy has just completed his NCAA career playing 48 games with the University of North Dakota and 71 with Western Michigan University. During his time in North Dakota, Michael only put 11 points on the board. He was slightly more of a contributor to WMU where he put up 15 more points than he did in North Dakota in 23 more games played. Cichy will be playing the 2014-15 in the ECHL with the Florida Everblades who are the affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes and their AHL squad the Charlotte Checkers.

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