The Montreal Canadiens have a long, storied history which include some of the greatest names to ever play the game of hockey.
American players, however, really didn't start to impact the franchise until the 1980s. This is understandable, considering the franchise had a quasi-monopoly over Quebec-born players for much of 20th century.
Once the NHL adopted the entry-draft system in 1963, however, the Canadiens were forced to consider all players and Americans have made their mark since then.
Currently, the Habs roster five Americans, including their captain Brian Gionta. The organization has also selected US players in the first round of the last two NHL drafts. Americans will surely factor into Montreal's success for years to come.
Here are the five best American players in Montreal Canadiens history.
A special thanks for ourhistory.canadiens.com for its historical stats and player profiles.