Ranking the Best Draft Classes in Montreal Canadiens History

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Ranking the Best Draft Classes in Montreal Canadiens History
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Montreal Canadien Max Pacioretty at the 2007 NHL entry draft.

It’s hard to say which were the best-ever Montreal Canadiens draft picks, and not just because there were so many.

There are a lot of factors involved, including who else was available at the time each was picked as well as overall draft position. A case can be made that a player taken in the last round who goes on to enjoy modest success in the NHL is a better pick than a first-round one that simply lived up to expectations.

With that in mind, it’s just a tad easier to take each pick at a given draft into account and come up with a list of the Habs’ best ones overall, dating back to the 1963 NHL amateur draft (officially becoming the NHL entry draft in 1979).

Here they are for your reading pleasure:

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