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Top 15 Montreal Canadiens Players Who Were Drafted Higher Than 150

When we think of great draft picks by the Montreal Canadiens, we normally think of the top guys who were chosen in the first round of each draft such as Alex Galchenyuk who was drafted third overall in 2012 and Carey Price who was chosen fifth overall in 2005.

But that’s not always the case. Many great players have been chosen lower in the draft, such as Patrick Roy who was drafted 51st overall in the third round of the 1984 Draft and Brendan Gallagher who was chosen 147th overall in the fifth round in 2010.

As a matter of fact, only one of the top five point producers for the Canadiens in the last five seasons combined (from 2012-13 to 2016-17) was drafted in the top ten. Here are the top five point-producing Habs players in the last five years and where they were drafted:

Max Pacioretty (297 pts) – 22nd overall in 2007

Tomas Plekanec (218 pts) – 71st overall in 2001

Alex Galchenyuk (204 pts) – 3rd overall in 2012

Andrei Markov (203 pts) – 162nd overall in 1998

P.K. Subban (202 pts) – 43rd overall in 2007

This list will detail the top 15 players who were drafted higher than 150 by the Montreal Canadiens.

15 Hayden Hawkey

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Hayden Hawkey was drafted 177th overall in the 6th round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. Although this goaltender has not yet made his NHL debut, he’s certainly making a name for himself at the junior level.

He spent two seasons (2013 to 2015) in the USHL playing for the Omaha Lancers and earned 27 wins (including 4 shutouts), 13 losses and 5 overtime/shootout losses in 48 regular season games. He then played the last two seasons (2015 to 2017) with Providence College and recorded 24 wins, 12 losses and 5 overtime/shootout losses in 44 regular season games.

This 22-year-old netminder has continued to improve during his time in the juniors and should hopefully get his chance to show off his talents to the Canadiens’ organization in the near future.

14 Sergei Kostitsyn

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Sergei Kostitsyn was drafted 200th overall in the 7th round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. This left winger spent the first three seasons of his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens from 2007 to 2010. During that time, he played a total of 155 regular season games and tallied 68 points (24 goals, 44 assists), along with a +10 plus/minus rating. He also appeared in 18 playoff games and recorded 8 points.

He had some trouble with the Canadiens’ organization when he refused to show up to play for their AHL affiliate team, the Hamilton Bulldogs. As a result, he was suspended. In fact, he was suspended twice by the organization in 2009.

In June 2010, the Canadiens traded him to the Nashville Predators in exchange for Dustin Boyd and Dan Ellis. Kostitsyn spent three seasons with the Predators until 2013. After his time in the NHL, he went on to play overseas in the Kontinental Hockey League.

13 Jeremiah Addison

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Jeremiah Addison was drafted 207th overall in the 7th round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.

He was not yet made his NHL debut, but he’s making a name for himself at the junior level. He has spent five seasons (2012-13 to 2016-17) in the Ontario Hockey League playing for the Saginaw Spirit, Ottawa 67’s and Windsor Spitfires. This left winger has played in 309 regular season games and produced 179 points (83 goals, 96 assists).

Also during the 2015-16 season, he played four games with Montreal’s AHL affiliate team, the St. John’s IceCaps, and tallied one assist.

In March 2017, Addison signed a three-year entry level contract with the Canadiens. It’s just a matter of time before this 20-year-old left winger makes his NHL debut.

12 Matt D’Agostini

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Matt D’Agostini was drafted 190th overall in the 6th round of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

This right winger played a total of 94 regular season games with the Montreal Canadiens between the 2007-08 and 2009-10 seasons and recorded 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists). He then appeared in three playoff games with them but failed to earn any points.

He had a decent season with them in 2008-09 when he produced 21 points in 53 games and averaged 2.2 shots per game. He also averaged just over two minutes of power play time per game and recorded five points during the man advantage including three goals.

In March 2010, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Aaron Palushaj. D’Agostini then played for New Jersey, Pittsburgh and Buffalo. He’s now playing overseas in the Swiss League.

11 Jake Evans

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Jake Evans was drafted 207th overall in the 7th round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. Once again, this forward has yet to make his NHL debut, but he’s doing very well at the junior level.

He spent three seasons playing for the St. Michael’s Buzzers in the Ontario Junior A League from 2011 to 2014. During that time, he racked up 111 points (30 goals, 81 assists) in 104 regular season games. And for the past three seasons (2014 to 2017), he has been playing for the University of Notre Dame and has produced 92 points (28 goals, 64 assists), along with a +30 plus/minus rating in 118 regular season games.

At just 20 years of age, he has lots of time to display his talents to the Habs and hopefully earn a spot with the team.

10 Darcy Tucker

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Darcy Tucker was drafted 151st overall in the 6th round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft. This right winger played a total of 115 regular season games with the Montreal Canadiens between the 1995-96 and 1997-98 seasons and recorded 26 points (8 goals, 18 assists). This tough guy could definitely defend his teammates and was certainly not afraid to drop his gloves. During his time with the Canadiens, he recorded 167 penalty minutes which included 15 majors. He also appeared in four playoff games but failed to earn any points.

In January 1998, Darcy Tucker, Stephane Richer and David Wilkie were traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Patrick Poulin, Igor Ulanov and Mick Vukota. In addition to playing for Tampa Bay, Tucker also spent time with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche before retiring in 2010.

9 Simon Bourque

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Simon Bourque was drafted 177th overall in the 6th round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. This defenseman has not yet played in the NHL, but he’s definitely thriving at the junior level.

He has spent the last four seasons from 2013-14 to 2016-17 in the QMJHL with the Rimouski Oceanic and now currently the Saint John Sea Dogs. During that time, he has produced 149 points (40 goals, 109 assists), along with a +65 plus/minus rating in 248 regular season games. The Sea Dogs won the President Cup this season as the QMJHL champions and they (along with Bourque) will participate in this year’s Memorial Cup tournament.

In addition to playing in the QMJHL, this 20-year-old also played three games with Montreal’s AHL affiliate team, the St. John’s IceCaps during the 2015-16 season and recorded one assist.

8 Stephane Robidas

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Stephane Robidas was drafted 164th overall in the 7th round of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. This defenseman played a total of 122 regular season games with the Montreal Canadiens between the 1999-00 and 2001-02 seasons. During that time, he recorded 23 points (7 goals, 16 assists), with 7 of those points recorded during the man advantage. He didn’t see much time in the penalty box, as he tallied just 28 penalty minutes which averaged out to 13 seconds per game. He also averaged over two minutes of ice time per game during both the power play and the penalty kill. He then appeared in two playoff games but failed to earn any points.

After his time with the Canadiens, he went on to play for Dallas, Chicago, Anaheim and Toronto.

7 Steve Penney

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Steve Penney was drafted 166th overall in the 8th round of the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. This goaltender spent the first three seasons of his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens from 1983 to 1986. During that time, he played in 76 regular season games and produced 32 wins (including 1 shutout), 30 losses and 10 ties, along with a 3.45 goals against average. He also appeared in 27 playoff games and earned 15 wins including 4 shutouts.

In 1985-86 – the season that the Canadiens won the Stanley Cup – Penney played in 18 regular season games, however, he wasn’t eligible to have his name engraved on the Cup since he didn’t play enough due to an injury.

In August 1986, he and Jan Ingman were traded to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Brian Hayward. After two seasons with the Jets, Penney retired in 1988.

6 Chris Nilan

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Chris Nilan was drafted 231st overall in the 19th round of the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft. This right winger spent the first nine seasons of his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens from 1979 to 1988. He then played for the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins before returning to Montreal to play the last 17 games of the 1991-92 season with them. He retired after that season.

During his time with the Habs, he played a total of 523 regular season games and tallied 175 points (88 goals, 87 assists), along with a +10 plus/minus rating. He was a well-known tough guy who could certainly defend his teammates and was definitely not afraid to drop the gloves. He accumulated a massive 2,248 penalty minutes, including 17 majors. He also appeared in 84 playoff games and recorded 13 points. He also helped the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup in 1986.

5 Brian Savage

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Brian Savage was drafted 171st overall in the 8th round of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft. This left winger spent the first nine seasons of his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens from 1993-94 to 2001-02.

During that time, he played a total of 461 regular season games and earned 285 points (155 goals, 130 assists), which included 25 game-winning goals. He was an asset to have on the power play with 78 of his points recorded while they were on the man advantage. He also appeared in 23 playoff games and tallied 8 points.

In January 2002, the Canadiens traded Savage and a draft pick to the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Sergei Berezin. After his time with the Coyotes, he played for the St. Louis Blues and Philadelphia Flyers before retiring in 2006.

4 Jaroslav Halak

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Jaroslav Halak was drafted 271st overall in the 9th round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the first four seasons of his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens from 2006 to 2010.

This goaltender played a total of 101 regular season games with the Habs and recorded 56 wins (including 9 shutouts), 34 losses and 7 overtime/shootout losses, along with a 2.62 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. He also appeared in 21 playoff games with them and tallied 9 wins.

Then in June 2010, the Canadiens traded him to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Lars Eller and Ian Schultz. Halak spent four seasons with St. Louis, then went on to play a short time with the Washington Capitals and is now currently a member of the New York Islanders.

3 Michael Ryder

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Michael Ryder was drafted 216th overall in the 8th round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. This right winger spent the first four seasons of his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens between 2003 and 2008. He then spent some time with the Boston Bruins and Dallas Stars before returning to the Canadiens for a portion of the 2012-13 season.

During his time in Montreal, he played a total of 341 regular season games and produced 228 points (109 goals, 119 assists), which included 18 game-winning goals. He was definitely good on the power play with almost half of his points (113 pts) recorded while they were on the man advantage. He then played in 26 playoff games and earned 10 points.

After his second stint with Montreal, he went on to play two seasons with the New Jersey Devils. He has not played in the NHL since 2015.

2 Mark Streit

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Mark Streit was drafted 262nd overall in the 9th round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. This point-producing defenseman spent the first three years of his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens from 2005 to 2008.

During his time with the Canadiens, he played 205 regular season games and produced 109 points (25 goals, 84 assists) which included 4 game-winning goals. And he was certainly an asset to have on the power play with over half of his points (56 pts) produced during the man advantage. In fact, during the 2007-08 season, he led all Habs defensemen in assists (49), points (62) and power play points (34). He also appeared in a total of 12 playoff games and tallied 4 points.

After his time in Montreal, he went on to play with the New York Islanders, Philadelphia Flyers and now he’s currently a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

1 Andrei Markov

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Andrei Markov was drafted 162nd overall in the 6th round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. This defenseman has spent his entire 16-year NHL career thus far with the Montreal Canadiens from 2000 to this very day.

He has played a total of 990 regular season games with them so far and produced 572 points (119 goals, 453 assists), along with a +64 plus/minus rating. He is also a huge asset on the power play with 294 of his points recorded while they were on the man advantage. As a matter of fact, he is currently tied for second place among all Habs defensemen in franchise history (along with Guy Lapointe) with his 572 points. He has also appeared in 89 playoff games and earned 32 points.

Markov’s contract is currently up, so we’ll have to wait and see if the Canadiens re-sign the 38-year-old veteran.

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