The Canadiens ended up selecting nine players at the NHL Draft, which wrapped up on Saturday.
The Canadiens had 11 picks heading into the draft, including one in the first round, two in the second and third rounds, three in the fourth round and one if the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds.
After selecting London Knights defenceman Logan Mailloux in the first round (31st overall) Friday night, Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin ended up trading one of the two third-round picks (76th overall) to the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday in exchange for a third-round pick in 2022. Bergevin also traded two of his fourth-round picks. He dealt the 126th overall pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a fourth-round pick in 2022 and traded the 127th overall pick to the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a fifth-round pick (150th overall) and a seventh-round pick (214th overall) this year.
Here’s a look at the nine newest members of the Canadiens organization, including four who were selected from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
First round (31st overall)
Central Scouting ranking: 23rd among North American skaters.
Details: 6-foot-3, 212-pound defenceman from Belle River, Ont. Shoots right.
2020-21 stats: 7-8-15 totals and minus-14 in 19 games with SK Lejon in Swedish Division 1 league.
What he said: “I think that I have to earn the trust of the fans. I want to be able to play in Montreal in front of all those fans and have them all cheering for me and be supporting me behind my back. So it’s definitely something that I think that I have to earn.”
Did you know? He had renounced himself from this year’s draft, saying he hadn’t earned the privilege of being selected after secretly photographing an 18-year-old woman engaged in a sexual act with him while in Sweden last year and sharing the picture and her identity with teammates. Mailloux was charged with defamation and offensive photography and was fined approximately US$1,650.
Second round (63rd overall)
Central Scouting ranking: 49th among North American skaters.
Details: 5-foot-11, 168-pound centre from Enfield, N.S. Shoots left.
2020-21 stats: 13-25-38 totals in 33 regular-season games with QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan and 2-15-17 totals in nine playoff games.
What he said: “For me, I’m more of an offensive centre. The player I try to model myself off of would be a player like Mitch Marner and another player like Nick Suzuki. I think we kind of play a similar game. They both have high hockey IQ, both great vision. When I watch them I try to model my game off them. They’re both very good players.”
Did you know? His 20-year-old brother, Liam, played for the QMJHL’s Cape Breton Eagles this year, posting 13-15-28 totals in 38 games.
Second round (64th overall)
Central Scouting ranking: 22nd among European skaters.
Details: 6-foot, 166-pound centre from Finland. Shoots right.
2020-21 stats: 25-16-41 totals in 37 games with KalPa U20 team in Finland.
What he said: “I can be a two-way centre who can score goals and make plays with the puck and without the puck.”
Did you know? His uncle is former NHL forward Sami Kapanen and his cousin is current Pittsburgh Penguins forward Kasperi Kapanen. His grandfather, Hannu Kapanen, was a forward for Team Finland in the first Canada Cup tournament in 1976.
Third round (87th overall)
Central Scouting ranking: 17th among European skaters
Details: 6-foot-1, 187-pound defenceman from Russia. Shoots right.
2020-21 stats: 1-9-10 totals in 40 games with Tolyatti Lada in Russian VHL.
What assistant GM Trevor Timmins said: “We see a lot of potential there. He’s a skilled offensive defenceman with a big shot.”
Did you know? He still has one year remaining on a KHL contract and will play for Spartak next season.
Fourth round (113th overall)
Central Scouting ranking: 68th among North American skaters.
Details: 6-foot, 189-pound defenceman from Varennes, Que. Shoots left.
2020-21 stats: 8-23-31 totals and plus-34 in 40 games with QMJHL’s Charlottetown Islanders.
What he said: “I grew up as a Montreal fan. I’ve always watched all their games, especially this year when they made a good run in the playoffs. Growing up I think P.K. Subban was the defenceman that I really liked to watch play. He brought a lot of energy on the ice and I always admired to watch him play.”
Did you know? He was drafted by the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the 11th round (194th overall) of the 2018 QMJHL Draft. He was traded to Charlottetown later that year in exchange for defenceman Pierre-Olivier Joseph, who was selected by the Arizona Coyotes in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft.
Fifth round (142nd overall)
Central Scouting ranking: 32nd overall among European skaters.
Details: 6-foot, 210-pound defenceman from Russia. Shoots right.
2020-21 stats: Did not play this season.
2019-20 stats: 2-4-6 totals in 48 games with MHK Spartak Moskva in Russia’s junior MHL.
What he said: “I know Montreal is a beautiful city, but I haven’t been there yet. My favourite player to watch right now is Cale Makar of Colorado.”
Did you know? He came to North America to play for the Windsor Spitfires before the OHL season was shut down this year because of COVID-19. His agent, Dan Milstein, arranged for him to spend time training and skating with coaches in Anaheim and Saginaw, Mich. Milstein also represents Canadiens defenceman Alexander Romanov.
Fifth round (150th overall)
Central Scouting ranking: 66th among North American skaters.
Details: 6-foot, 190-pound right-winger from Saint-Georges-de-Beauce, Que. Shoots left.
2020-21 stats: 22-13-35 totals in 35 games split between the QMJHL’s Saint John Sea Dogs and Sherbrooke Phoenix.
What he said: “I’m from Quebec so Montreal is our team. I’m very proud to be part of the team right now. I like (Cole) Caufield right now. He’s pretty good. He was good in the playoffs and I watched him a lot.”
Did you know: He was the No. 1 overall pick by the Sea Dogs at the 2019 QMJHL Draft after posting 38-50-88 totals in 42 games with the midget Triple-A Lévis Chevaliers.
Sixth round (191st overall)
Central Scouting ranking: Not ranked.
Details: 5-foot-7, 175-pound centre from Saint-André-Avelin, Que. Shoots left.
2020-21 stats: 10-27-37 totals in 27 games with the QMJHL’s Drummondville Voltigeurs.
What he said: “Cole (Caufield) is not big, but he has such a good shot. Every time I saw him playing I was very surprised because he can win his battles, too. If this guy can do it, I can do it, too.”
Did you know? The 20-year-old, who was the Voltigeurs captain, was traded to the Charlottetown Islanders in June in exchange for four draft picks. He was passed over at the last two NHL Drafts mainly because of his size. He was playing softball with friends and family Saturday afternoon when he learned the Canadiens had drafted him.
Seventh round (214th overall)
Central Scouting ranking: Sixth among North American goalies.
Details: 6-foot-6, 190-pound goalie from Dunvegan, Ont.
2019-20 stats: 14-25-1 record with a 4.23 goals-against average and a .881 save percentage with the OHL’s North Bay Battalion. The OHL did not play this season because of COVID-19.
What assistant GM Trevor Timmins said: “He’s a big goalie. Played on a bad team a couple of years ago for North Bay. Looking for him to really take his game forward. You never know when a goalie hasn’t played for so long, but I know he’s working at his game and off the ice he’s put a lot of work and effort into becoming even a better athlete.”
Did you know? The Canadiens selected 6-foot-2 goalie Cayden Primeau in the seventh round (199th overall) of the 2017 NHL Draft. Primeau is now considered to be the Canadiens’ goalie of the future.
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