With Pierre Gauthier's dismissal as Canadiens' general manager, TSN scout Craig Button takes a look back at the team's performance at the past two NHL drafts.
First round, 22nd overall - Jarred Tinordi (London Knights - OHL)
Button says: Jarred is a rock solid NHL prospect. Big and rangy who is definitely a top-three defenceman. He can skate, can punish and is very hard to play against because of his physical presence and his size and wingspan. He plays with excellent hockey sense and awareness. Tinordi's a very good puck mover but won't put up big numbers offensively. He will help the team win.
- The team was originally slated to select 27th but traded that pick along with their second round pick to the Phoenix Coyotes to move up five spots.
- The team traded its third-round pick to Atlanta in the trade that brought Mathieu Schneider to Montreal in 2009.
Fourth round, 113th overall - Mark MacMillan (North Dakota - WCHA)
Button says: MacMillan is a skilled player who plays all forward positions. He had a solid freshman season at North Dakota, which is the perfect place for him to play while he continues his physical maturity. In two or three years time he could have a chance at cracking the roster.
Fourth round, 117th overall - Morgan Ellis (Shawinigan - QMJHL)
Button says: Ellis is a point producing defenseman. He has size and range and plays a very solid game defensively. He plays on a very good team in Shawinigan and his pace of play and tempo has really improved.
Fifth round, 147th overall - Brendan Gallagher (Vancouver - WHL)
Button says: The diminutive winger is a spark-plug player. He can skate and is a fierce competitor who will pay the price to score. He reminds me of Ryan Callahan in his approach to playing.
Seventh round, 207th overall - John Westin (Modo - SEL)
Button's recap: The 2010 draft bore a unique defenseman in Tinordi and a 'hidden gem' with the selection of Gallagher. MacMillan has skill but needs time and Ellis has progressed nicely. The draft will yield two players in the NHL and could potentially have three or four.
First round, 17th overall - Nathan Beaulieu (Saint John - QMJHL)
Button says: Beaulieu is a dynamic skating, offensive blueliner who can jump into the attack and is the 'modern' day type defenceman. He's a good passer and with his skating, he can really impact the game and can take risks others can't because of his ability to recover.
- The Canadiens traded their 2nd round pick in this draft to the Florida Panthers for Dominic Moore in 2010
- The Canadiens traded their third round draft pick to the Winnipeg Jets for a pair of fourth-round draft picks, one of which originally belonged to Montreal.
Fourth round, 97th overall - Josiah Didier (Denver University - WCHA)
Button says: He's a defensive defenceman with a physical quality to his game. He skates pretty good and is a rugged, shutdown type player. He's still raw in his approach to playing but possesses physical qualities that give him a chance at the NHL.
Fourth round, 108th overall - Olivier Archambault (Drummondville - QMJHL)
Button says: A winger who really doesn't possess any dynamic quality in his game either from a skill or a physical standpoint. He does not appear to have NHL potential.
Fourth round, 113th overall - Magnus Nygren (Farjestads - SEL)
Button says: The Canadiens have had success with the older defencemen from Europe. Mark Streit and Raphael Diaz are examples. Nygren is a good skating, offensive player who has progressed nicely in his play. European scout Christer Rockstrom has an eye for late bloomers with NHL potential.
Fifth round, 138th overall - Darren Dietz (Saskatoon - WHL)
Button says: He's been a very good player for the Blades this season. He has a blend of skill, size and smarts that allow him to contribute in all areas of the game. He competes and with continued development, has a legitimate chance to play in the NHL.
Sixth round, 168th overall - Daniel Pribyl (Sparta Praha - Czech)
Button says: He's a big, rangy forward who skates well. He has not really established an identifiable part of his game that would slot him in any area of an NHL team. While he's raw, the lack of a specific trait or traits that would allow him to contribute, makes him a 'long shot' prospect.
Seventh round, 198th overall - Colin Sullivan (Avon Old Farms H.S. - US)
Button's recap: The 2011 draft gives them a dynamic defenceman that will fit in with their group. Along with Tinordi from the 2010 draft, the defence for the Canadiens looks very promising when you add Subban, Gorges, Emelin and a healthy Markov into the equation. Dietz is their next best prospect from this group but needs to continue to develop. The same could be said for Didier and any other player that finds his way to the NHL from this draft will be an unexpected bonus.
The Canadiens also acquired prospect Patrick Holland in the trade that sent Michael Cammalleri to Calgary. Patrick has continued to develop and is that late-round draft pick who has an excellent chance to play in the NHL. A very skilled winger who can skate and is very smart and makes very good plays and has the ability to create offense. He's a player who can play in offensive situations and contribute. Montreal also acquired a second round pick in the 2013 NHL draft in this trade.