Timmins has a great eye for talent

Gazette sports editor Stu Cowan has a piece about Canadiens scout Trevor Timmins, the man responsible for the number of good prospects in the organization.

Cowan writes: The Canadiens’ current 23-man roster includes six players the team has selected since Timmins took over the scouting department before the 2003 entry draft, including three first-round picks: Andrei Kostitsyn (10th overall in 2003), Kyle Chipchura (18th, 2004) and goalie Carey Price (fifth, 2005). The other three are Mikhail Grabovski (fifth round, 2004), Mark Streit (ninth round, 2004) and Guillaume Latendresse (second round, 2005).

“(Scouting) is a difficult job,” Timmins, who holds the title director of player recruitment and development, told me Friday afternoon from Hamilton, before watching the Bulldogs, the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup champions, lose their home opener 5-4 in a shootout to Rochester.

Among Timmins’s draft picks playing in Hamilton are top prospects Maxim Lapierre (second round, 2003), Ryan O’Byrne (third round, 2003), goalie Jaroslav Halak (ninth round, 2003) and Sergei Kostitsyn (seventh round, 2005).

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