More draft picks

On Day 2, the Canadiens select Mark MacMillan, a forward from the BCHL and Morgan Ellis, a Dman who played for Cape Breton in the Q, in the fourth round (113 and 117 overall).

The fifth round (147 overall) brought an intriguing pick: Brendan Gallagher, a 5’9″ RW who scored 41 goals and had more than 110 PiM for Vancouver in the WHL, and  Gallagher, who’s not afraid to drop ’em, is the son of the team’s strength and conditioning coach.

The team’s final choice, 207th overall in the seventh round, was John Westin, who plays for the Modo Juniors in Sweden.

Those tempted to dismiss these kids as no-chancers might consider Andrei Markov, a sixth-round choice (162nd overall) by the Canadiens; Hal Gill, who was an eighth-round pick (207th overall) by the Bruins; Travis Moen, a fifth rounder (155th) for Calgary, Jaro Spacek, a fifth-round pick (117th) by Florida; Tom Pyatt, fourth round (107) by the Rangers, and Josh Gorges, who wasn’t drafted at all.

Oh, and in 2003 the Canadiens picked a pretty good goaltender in the ninth-round, 271st overall

AUDIO: Pierre Gauthier | Morgan
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  1. Max_a_million says:

    Does he even speak French?  He doesn’t have an accent, I don’t think it is his primary language.  He is all about Ontario.

  2. Bill J says:


    I had to re-re-read your post, then I finally got you where being funny.

    Why don’t you not make crap up dude.

    A Double negative post, lol


  3. TripleX says:


    No Andrew, you are making things up to support your viewpoint.  It was reported on TSN, CKAC, Team990 and Eric Engels that Bob was not retiring but staying on as Special Advisor.  Bob’s original plan was to finish out the season with the club.

    Why don’t you not make crap up dude.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  4. andrewberkshire says:

    Don’t have to be from Quebec to be French Canadian.

  5. ZepFan2 says:

    With Bertrand Raymond leading the investigation.


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  6. deuce6 says:

    Read on here a question as to why the Habs didn’t draft a goalie…

    Yea, let’s rip back that vote of confidence we just instilled in young Carey by drafting another young goalie..Great idea..It’s bad enough the fans boo him when he lets in a questionable goal, but let’s not rip the kid’s heart out..

    We gave him the reigns, now let him run with it…

  7. rogieshan says:

    Marc Savard is Ontarois.

  8. andrewberkshire says:

    Lorne, you have no clue what the hell you’re talking about. During the press conference when Gainey stepped down he CLEARLY said twice or three times that he was staying on to help Pierre Gauthier as assistant GM for the rest of the season, and that he would still be with the Canadiens in an advisory role for the foreseeable future. He didn’t leave and come back as you’re asserting. Don’t make crap up just to support your viewpoints.

  9. Bill J says:

    What is with these French Canadian players to scared to wear the CH?
     Maybe RDS should investigate that?

    LMFAO!!! Excellent – Contender for post of the day!

  10. TripleX says:

    From the Twitter account of Eric Duhatschek:


    Habs GM PGauthier says Andrei Markov is “doing well” and may not miss any time at start of year. “He’s a quick healer and a hard worker.”


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  11. Bill J says:

    Hey – hmmm tell me cat – Did the Ducks make it to the Conference finals this season ?

    Uhm…. Yeah…

    Perhaps Gainey & Gauthier who have been in Hockey for a LONG time now, know what they did when they build this team last summer.

    And now into this off-season, I think yes PG is out-doing BG, but with the aid in the background of BG.

    Because that is what PG excels at I guess, if it works.  GREAT!

    You & me are just fans cat, we got no say in what they put in front of us.  We choose to like it, leave it or hate it I guess.

    Only in Montreal do we have fans who hate the team!

    BTW – I’m onto your fence dwelling (typical Cat behavior), How can you like Gomez but not like the guy who brought him to Montreal ?

  12. TripleX says:

    The rumors that Savard had dropped his NTC for Montreal were incorrect.  Savard dropped it for two teams, Ottawa and Toronto.

    What is with these French Canadian players to scared to wear the CH?  Maybe RDS should investigate that?


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  13. TripleX says:

    He resigned when the team looked like it was falling into a black hole just before the trade deadline.  When some of us questioned the bad timing ( kinda like leaving a sinking ship ) his supporters said he was tired and was doing it for personal reasons.  Fine, with the recent tragedies in his family who could complain.

    Interestingly when the team had unexpected success in the playoffs Bob decided he would come back again.  Excuse me if I am a bit cynical about the whole thing now.



    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  14. rogus says:

    Neither will Gionta, Gomez, Cammalleri or St. Louis…oh wait…they did.

  15. Bill J says:

    for the record peeps, Plekanec did not “choke” in the playoffs. 12
    points in 19 games with an injury is tres bon!

    + playing MAJOR minutes against the best of the best in Washington & Pittsburgh.

  16. rogus says:

    I can’t believe no one got the Andre Savard crack!

  17. The Cat says:

    No no I got enough claws for everybody lol My post below about the contract and age was aimed at you eventhough its under smartdog. Bring it on! Im a cat, Im fat and I can fly! ^_^

  18. Bill J says:

    Considering your signature.

    Should it not be US asking you for this answer ?

    😛 lol

    I agree I would like to see that too. 🙂

  19. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Gomez contributed a lot in NJ, but he was not the sole reason why New Jersey won 2 cups. Gomez didn’t hit his stride until the late 2004, which is after NJ won both cups.

    It IS debatable that Gomez is a better playoff performer. 

    for the record peeps, Plekanec did not “choke” in the playoffs. 12 points in 19 games with an injury is tres bon!

  20. The Cat says:

    Gainey/Gauthier: basically a tandem where the spokesperson recently changed, but still a tandem I would wager.

  21. Bill J says:

    Typical Cat – would rather fight with a Dog then duke it out with me.


  22. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    But it only matters if a player decides to actually use their talent. Otherwise it’s no use. Andrei and Sergei Kostitsyn probably have the most talent and the best skill set than any other player on this team. Does that make them our best players? 

    It’s the exact same thing with Kovalev, loads of talent and skill, but is he Senators’ best player?


    Oh boy this IS more interesting than Price vs. Halak LOL

  23. habs fan from stonyplain says:

    yes but he has two rings and he is still a good centre

  24. andrewberkshire says:

    Great, another moron who knows nothing about hockey but can read heights and thinks that’s what defines a player.

  25. andrewberkshire says:

    That and Mason didn’t pull off a brilliant 20 game stretch at the end of the year like he did last season. They’ll be a great team in a few short years.

  26. rogus says:

    Western part of their division? Wake up man. Phoenix has a better shot.

  27. Bill J says:


    I seriously busted out in laughter, because my immediate response was of course.

    “SD, we do not have 3 year olds posting here.”

    Which caused me to laugh even louder! lol

    Dunno if you intended that double “entendre” quite that way, but was a good one 😉

  28. The Cat says:

    Gomez gains the offensive zone and always makes a pass that connects. I shudder to think what the offense would have been like without him; dump it in and let our big strong wingers fend off the other teams’ D?…. Gomez has so much more skill than Plekanec it aint even funny. Yes Plekanec had 70 points for the first time in his career but like someone else on this forum said: those were the quietest 70 points in the history of the habs.

  29. andrewberkshire says:

    You should try that just to see how he reacts, I bet he’d be stunned for a few seconds!

  30. andrewberkshire says:

    Some people will never be happy. The leading scorer of the playoffs was 5’9. The leading point getter of the playoffs is 5’10.

    It was the 5th round and still all you can do is bitch. In the 5th round they got a guy who’s not afraid to go to the net, was 5th in WHL scoring in the playoffs as a 17 year old, scored over 80 points and over 40 goals in a league where he was the smallest player in the league. Add to that he’s not afraid to drop the gloves with guys bigger than him and wracked up 111 PIM, this guy is a keeper.

    Instead of actually looking at what we got, you look at height and instantly write your little diatribe. It’s a pathetic gut reaction.

  31. Bill J says:

    Good point, I had not thought of it this way.

    But your right, this year the Habs will be very well represented.

  32. ZepFan2 says:

    I’m positive you meant Gauthier and leave it at that.


    Fans are great, but the quickest way to start losing is to listen to them.”
    – Sam Pollock

  33. smiler2729 says:

    I prefer Gomez too. No doubt about it.

  34. SmartDog says:

    Does anyone have a source that shows what % of bona fide NHL players come from each round of the draft?   I’d like to see that!


    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop.

  35. The Cat says:

    Well I know hes older, I like him right now as a fan , it might be different if I was handing out the contracts, then of course the younger guy has the edge.

  36. smiler2729 says:

    Why do people keep crapping on Gainey? He resigned and he left us with a pretty competitive team that has guts after we had a pretty flashy team that finished 1st in the East with no guts. This is the best the Habs have been since 1993.

  37. SmartDog says:

    Do some research before you pull off another temper tantrum

    Jeez, I wish I could say that to my 3-year old!   Don’t you know that freakin’ cookie is full of trans fats!!!  Here’s an article you need to read about what too much sugar does to your body!  LOL


    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop.

  38. camel_larry says:

    WJC’s are gonna be fun this year.. Kristo, Leblanc, Avstsin, Tinordi, as well as our fins & swedes.


    Go Habs Go!

  39. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    Sorry, I should’ve been more specific. The team’s veteran forwards like Kariya, McDonald, Boyes really took a step back last season, which is why they didn’t improve much from the club’s 07-08 performance.   

  40. SmartDog says:

    Dude, most of the picks were big, including our first choice the biggest guy in the draft.

    But look at his stats and read this and then say it’s a bad pick:

    I like that his dad’s a fitness trainer.  You know he grew up immersed in fitness and that’s part of his power.  Gionta’s the same kind of guy.  So is Cammi for that matter.  Fitness nuts.

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop.

  41. smiler2729 says:

    Well put.

  42. rogus says:

    You’re ridiculous. He was 16th in scoring in one of the most physical junior leagues in the world. He goes hard into the corners, skates with his head up, and can throw them like someone 6″ taller. Size means nothing if you’ve got heart. Gionta, Cammalleri and Gorges are all perfect examples. Oh, and that Patrick Kane kid, you know the one with the ring? Ya, he’s not so bad either! 

  43. SmartDog says:

    you like the guy who puts up fewer poinrts, costs 50% more, is on the downside of his career instead of the up, and is a maverick instead of being a team player.  cool.

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop.

  44. habsfansince91 says:

    “pierre mcguire is a huge habs fan but he cares so much that he’s always critical

    sounds like alot of people on this site

  45. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    ESPN stated that the Blues will re-sign Halak to an approx. 3.75 M – 4 M contract. That would’ve left us 6 million to re-sign all the RFA’s and we would have had to buy-out Hamrlik for the upcoming season where Markov will miss the first 2 months. 

    I don’t think Price is the better goaltender right now, definitely not, but given the cap issue, I think it was worth it. One thing that I did not like was that Gauthier did not even negotiate with Halak. Should’ve at least talked to him or his agent about how much they expect. Whatever, can’t change the past now.

    Excited about next season. I still think that Habs have 1 more move up their sleeve. Sergei and Andrei are leaving, at least Sergei for sure – book it.

  46. Bill J says:

    Seems fitting that I would choose the younger of the two, I’m for Plekanec.

    Let’s get ready to rummmmbblllleeeeeeee lol

    Although salary excluded, I would definitely prefer keeping both, as Gomez makes a VERY good role model for Plekanec.  And I believe Pleks will “man-up” even more this season.

  47. andrewberkshire says:

    Hasn’t been that quiet honestly. St. Louis has been on a great path ever since John Davidson took over. They have the best prospect pool in the NHL.

  48. The Cat says:

    Its my belief that after Anaheim won the cup and with the new rules ready to get more and more enforced that it was Gainey’s plan to become the Anti-Ducks. A team that would be all about speed and kill teams on the PP. This was and is the philosophy, but as Gainey was stubborn with Price, he is stubborn as well in acknowledging that ‘might is still right’.

  49. The Cat says:

    Ill go on the record and say I prefer Gomez.

  50. The Cat says:

    Kovalev could score when the other team had one less player on the ice -its a big difference.

  51. The Cat says:

    St.Louis is a good fit for Halak, hes likely to get peppered his fair share.

  52. andrewberkshire says:

    Well the point of bringing in a UFA is making sure we have the best backup possible. And as for Sanford, he could very likely be an NHL backup right now, and Desjardins would also be able to do the job, but the point is that we tried the two young goalies thing already, it creates tension. A veteran backup is what people have been calling for for years now, and now that the organization goes that route people are still bitching? Come on Ed.

  53. crabvader says:

    He’s also a 5th round pick, chill out ffs.

    I didn’t know that all 5th rounders automatically made the NHL.

    Look, he is a project, he has heart and he also logged 111pim this season in the WHL, the toughest junior hockey league in the world.

    Go cry about smurfing to Jarred Tinordi. I’m sure he’ll have to bend down to listen to you.

    What do you want, for everyone we draft to be 6’5? It’s hard to come by a guy over 6’1 in the later rounds who can actually skate.

    What good is a big guy if he can’t keep up? See Guillaume Latendresse, Georges Laraque or Pierre Dagenais.

    We have some guys in our prospect systems that have decent size up front and who are developing: Avtsin, Nattinen, Engqvist, Wyman, Walsh, Pacioretty, Conboy…

    They might not all make the team let alone the NHL, but to say we have no size is just beyond me.

    Some of the best players in the world are under 6’0″.

    Your team needs size, sure… but it isn’t everything to have only big bodies. You need skill and determination and a lot of that is packaged into smaller players just as it can be in bigger players.

    We are finally starting to look like we are headed in the right direction with a healthy mix of both in the future.

    Do some research before you pull off another temper tantrum that’s been heard a million times before on this site.

  54. bostonantifan says:

    Great, another 5’9″ steal.

  55. smiler2729 says:

    That’s your Halak crush talking.

  56. smiler2729 says:

    Whatever, it’s not like he’ll make the NHL.

  57. smiler2729 says:

    That’s funny! I thought that about McGuire but I thought he constantly criticized the Habs to throw off the idea that he’s a huge Habs fan.

    “E5, I know what you look like”, classic!

  58. Bryan says:

    Pretty sure Gallagher was the only player under 6 feet drafted.


    The Habs are making me Bi-Polar.

  59. The Cat says:

    I feel the same way, heres hoping Florida and Columbus have good years too.

  60. crabvader says:

    He’s looking for a starting job.

    You just think the NHL is chalk-full of high-caliber goaltenders, don’t you?

    Philly is a likely destination.

  61. bostonantifan says:

    Brendan Gallagher, 5’9″?  Won’t management ever figure out that the Habs aren’t ever going anywhere unless they start drafting players with SIZE?  I would have thought management would have noticed how ineffective the small forwards were against  the much larger Flyers in the playoffs.  Tinordi sounds like he may be a good one, but they went right back to drafting smurfs after that.  They’ll never learn, small players with above average skill and talent who do very well as amateurs have a much tougher time of it in the pros, especially in the NHL, and especially when all the rest of the forwards  they’re playing with are also undersized. 

  62. Bill J says:

    I was just thinking that the other day…

  63. smiler2729 says:

    Where is Ellis going to start?? San Jose? Philadelphia? Chicago? Washington? He couldn’t even keep the starting job in Nashville! He’ll be happy to be a backup or else he’s a factory worker somewhere.

  64. Bill J says:

    I duno ed – not many teams have the level of Goalie depth you seem to imply we should have.

    Most teams have a #1 they bank on, a solid #2 and only really get depth once the team decides or has a inkling that the #1 guy may be done soon.

    Goalies are an entirely different breed then any other position in Hockey.

    Thus why the Devils have not really invested much into Goalie depth over the last 10-15 years.

    It’s why the Habs drafted Price in ’05 – because they knew before we did that Theodore was on his way out.

    It’s why Dallas drafted Jack Campbell, as Turco is done & Lehtonen is signed for roughly the time it will take for Campbell to develop.

  65. The Cat says:

    Seems like Gomez vs Plekanec is going to replace Halak vs Price…

  66. smiler2729 says:

    Oooh, Jaroslav Halak in nets, oooh… St. Louis misses the playoffs.

  67. smiler2729 says:

    Do you have anything positive to say at all about anything??? Or d’ya think you’re clever and cool with your distanced derogatory digs at every single thing Habs?

    Why are you even a fan? And who the hell’s the tough guy as your icon? Are you… James Dean??

  68. Harditya_CareyPrice says:

    St. Louis is quietly becoming into a very competitive, young team. With all the young players up front, on D, dozens of good prospects and now Jaroslav Halak in nets – it wouldn’t surprise me if this team makes a serious cup run in 2-3 years. Good for them. I hate to watch the same teams fail over and over again every year like the Islanders, Thrashers etc.

    Well, Leafs are an exception.

  69. crabvader says:

    Ellis will be gunning for a starting job.

    I think it’s really down to Martin Biron or Marty Turco. Wouldn’t be surprised to even see Niitymaaki get a contract as he is cheap and reliable.

  70. alestar says:

    Thank you, Bill…for setting the record straight. We are very deep in goaltenders, this team is heading in the right direction…I’m sick of all the doom-and-gloom posters.


    XXIV…and counting

  71. ed lopaz says:

    yes absolutely true.

    but a few years back, our hamilton goalies were getting ready to play in the NHL.

    now we have to go out and bring in a UFA.

    last year we brought in sanford, and he does not appear to be NHL calibre.

    we are weak at that position.

    as we speak – before we bring in the UFA – we have 1 NHL goalie in our system (Price), and he was our back up last year.

    seems very thin to me.

    lets say Price gets hurt, and he’s out 2 months.

    We don’t have much depth.

  72. smiler2729 says:

    Who says they don’t sign Dan Ellis or some UFA to backup Price?

  73. smiler2729 says:

    Man, you’re dense, Timo 2.

  74. Bill J says:

    huh ? we have two VERY young 20 year old goalies as well.

    Robert Mayer & Petteri Simila.

    Desjardins being 24, makes Sanford the only old guy.


    Seems to me drafting a goalie (something Tony seemed to suggest was a good idea) would not result in that goalie becoming the #2 in Montreal….  So are we not all on the same page that a UFA goalie will fill the #2 spot in Montreal, leaving Desjardins and either Mayer or Simila as his backup.


  75. ed lopaz says:

    Honestly, Bill, in 40 years of following the Habs, I can not remember the team and its minor league team

    having less depth at the goalie position.

    After Price – who sat for 18/19 playoff games,

    we have Desjardins -who SF’09 (an excellent HIO scout) says is NOT ready to make the jump

    and Sanford – an NHL cast off.

    Our goaltending is very thin indeed.


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