Brendan Gallagher vs. 2010 NHL Draft Class

With the 147th overall pick in the 2010 National Hockey League entry draft in Los Angeles, California, the Montreal Canadiens are proud to select from the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League… Brendan Gallagher.

There is no debating that the 5th round pick turned 1st line right wing was one of the steals of the draft and the highlight of the Habs draft class. The draft class for Montreal in 2010 looked like this:

1st Round (#22) – Jarred Tinordi
2nd Round – Pick traded to Coyotes. Player drafted was Oscar Lindberg
3rd Round – Pick traded to Thrashers. Player drafted was Julien Melchiori.
4th Round (#113) – Mark Macmillan
4th Round (#117) – Morgan Ellis
5th Round (#147) – Brendan Gallagher
6th Round – Pick traded to Ducks via Penguins. Player drafted was Kevin Lind.

Some facts regarding Gallagher’s late selection in 2010:

Brendan Gallagher was selected 147th Overall
Brendan Gallagher was the 27th Right Winger drafted
Brendan Gallagher was the 29th player drafted from the Western Hockey League
Brendan Gallagher was the 69th Canadian player drafted

Now it’s time to see where Gallagher ranks among players within his draft class. His size is a probable factor for falling so low in the draft. Not just the NHL draft, but in 2007 he was not selected until the 9th round of the Western Hockey League Bantam Draft by the Vancouver Giants. But Gallagher thrives off proving the doubters wrong, he currently holds the Vancouver Giants franchise record for all-time goals leader and all-time points leader. Gallagher currently sits in the 9th spot for most points by NHL players drafted at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, just one behind Jaden Schwartz for 8th spot.

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As previously mentioned, Brendan Gallagher was the 27th player selected at the right wing position in the draft out of a total of 36. As of January 9th, 2016, so approximately five and a half years later, Gallagher has the 3rd most points in the National Hockey League in the draft class from said position, behind only Tyler Seguin of the Dallas Stars and Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues. Slightly unrelated, Anaheim Ducks 2nd round 2010 draft pick Devante Smith-Pelly who was acquired by the Habs in the Jiri Sekac exchange is 7th in points among right wing selections in that draft.

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Brendan Gallagher was the 29th player from the Western Hockey League (WHL) selected in the 2010 draft, one of the three leagues in the Canadian Hockey League branch. Behind only Ryan Johansen who was recently traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Nashville Predators for Seth Jones, Gallagher sits only 2nd among WHL Alumni in points from the 2010 draft.

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Fast forward to 2016 and Gallagher is an important piece to the Habs organization on and off the ice on the scoresheet and as a leader. Gallagher has only played 25 games this season due to missing several weeks with two broken fingers after taking one for the team and blocking a hard shot, but with 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points in 25 games he still sits 5th on the Montreal Canadiens in points and 2nd on the team in goals. For such a late draft selection, Gallagher stacks up against the other 209 players drafted and is deserving to be appreciated for that.

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