Ranking the 5 Biggest Draft Busts in Montreal Canadiens History

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Ranking the 5 Biggest Draft Busts in Montreal Canadiens History
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Montreal Canadiens 2006 first-round draft pick David Fischer.

Officially becoming the NHL Entry Draft in 1979, the event has become famous for launching careers. But it also can send them into a tailspin of failed expectations, and that’s in regard to players and the scouts that recommend them alike.

The Montreal Canadiens have suffered their fair share of setbacks, unfortunately. However, one must be clear that disappointment does not necessarily equal bust.

Whereas guys like Matt Higgins (18th overall in 1996) and Jason Ward (11th overall in 1997) didn’t exactly light the league on fire, neither can legitimately be considered a bust.

Higgins only played 57 career NHL games, but he was taken in a very weak draft year, in which arguably just Daniel Briere (24th overall) and Zdeno Chara (56th overall) were the only superstars left available after he was taken. Similarly, Ward, despite being taken one spot before Marian Hossa, was actually—sadly—one of the better players still available at No. 11.

So, with that in mind, here are the top five Habs picks who didn’t just leave Habs fans wanting more, but somebody else in their place:

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