In case you haven’t heard, Montreal Canadiens rookies Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher are having pretty good seasons.
Galchenyuk is currently in the top five in rookie scoring, and Gallagher might very well be right there with him if he didn’t miss a few games with a concussion.
While it would be unfair to compare them to great Habs rookies of the past, especially before the season ends, consider this piece, ranking the top rookie seasons in franchise history, simply to have been written in honor of their success so far.
For the sake of simplicity, players will be considered as eligible for this list based on the season in which they were eligible for the Calder Memorial Trophy, without retroactively taking into account current rules that state:
- “Players are eligible only if they were 26 years old or younger by Sept. 15 of their rookie season” (via nhl.com) and
- “A player cannot have played more than 25 games in any single preceding season nor in six or more games in each of any two preceding season in any major professional league.” (via nhl.com)
With that, here are the top five rookie seasons in Montreal Canadiens history: