On February 25th, 2007 the Montreal Canadiens traded Craig Rivet who they had drafted back in 1992 along with a late draft pick who later showed to be Julien Demers to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Josh Gorges and a 1st round pick which the Habs used to draft Max Pacioretty. Fast forward seven years later to 2014 and the players who ended up in the Canadiens’ system are important pieces to the team, neither of the players who packed their suitcases and headed for California are playing in the National Hockey League today. Let us take a quick look at how the past seven years have looked for the 4 players involved in the 2007 Montreal – San Jose trade (ages are as of June, 2014):
Craig Rivet (Defenceman – 6’2″ / 207lbs) – 39 years old
– 43 points in 2 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, later being traded to Buffalo in exchange for two 2nd round picks.
– In 2011, Rivet signed a deal with the Elmira Jackals of the ECHL.
5th Round Pick (2008) – Julien Demers (Defenceman – 6’0″ / 215lbs) – 24 years old
– Finished OHL junior career with the Ottawa 67’s.
– Went on to play for the University of Ottawa, never playing a professional hockey game.
Josh Gorges (Defenceman – 6’1″ / 201lbs) – 29 years old
– 88 points in 464 regular season games with the Canadiens.
– Top ten in blocked shots every season since 2011, including first place in the 2011-12 season.
– Plus minus: +34 overall since joining Montreal.
1st Round Pick (2007) – Max Pacioretty (Left Wing – 6’2″ / 217lbs) – 25 years old
– 213 points in 319 regular season games.
– 39 goal season in 2013-14 (4th in the NHL).
– Out of 6 seasons, two involved 60+ points.