First Round Position: 18th
Best Picks of last 3 Years:
Max Pacioretty (LW)- 1st Round 2007
Ryan Mcdonagh (D)-1st Round 2007
P.K. Subban (D)-2nd Round 2007
Danny Kristo (RW)-2nd Round 2008
Yannick Weber (D)-3rd Round 2007
Coming Down the Pipe - Montreal has some interesting potential in their prospect pool. Max Pacioretty saw action this year while Ryan McDonagh and Danny Kristo and P.K. Subban all suited up for the U.S. and Canada respectively at the WJC.Kristo actually played for his country twice helping the U.S. to win gold at the World Junior A Challenge. Yannick Weber could factor into the Habs blueline sooner rather than later after his 16 goals with Hamilton. He’s small at 5.10 but has 36 goals in his last 2 OHL/AHL seasons combined.
Draft Trends – Montreal has taken an American in the first round for the past 3 years.
Millard: Ryan Ellis - The small but skilled D-man gives the Habs a pure offensive blueliner that could one day make a nice top pairing with Ryan McDonaugh
Flaming: Simon Despres – In a summer with a lot of discontent amongst the fans it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Habs take a French-Canadian. The fact that Despres was once ranked as the best defenceman available in North America justifies the pick alone but Despres' Quebec roots kills two birds with one stone.