The 2010 draft crop may not be as deep as the Canadiens would like as they only picked five players in seven rounds. But the Canadiens made their their move to take the No. 22 pick and got the man they wanted in Jarred Tinordi.
In all, the Canadiens draft year in 2010 included two defenseman and three forwards.
Did Montreal address all their needs? Most importantly size, strength and speed in a package?
Here's an overview of the 2010 Canadiens draft class.
No. 22: Jarred Tinordi - Defense (6'6", 204 lbs)
With his towering size (at 6'4" according to hockeydb.com, but still growing) and leadership capabilities, Jarred Tinordi could be a future leader of the Canadiens franchise.
The son of former Minnesota North Star and Washington Capital Mark Tinordi, who had a long, 10-year career, including two trips to the Stanley Cup Finals, Tinordi seemed to impress the Canadiens scouting brass with his toughness and his skating ability for his size.
Rated as a better skater than his father, Tinordi's potential lies in his development at the college level, where he will be attending the University of Notre Dame.
As for the Canadiens first round pick, they hope Tinordi can rise above former first-round defensive picks, such as Ryan McDonaugh and David Fischer, and have a chance to suit up for le bleu, blanc, et rogue.
The rationale for picking Tinordi is to replace a big figure, such as Hal Gill, on the blueline for the future.
No. 113: Mark MacMillan - Forward (6'0", 150 lbs)
Not much is known to the regular hockey fan about Mark MacMillan (his stats aren't up on hockeydb.com even), but the Canadiens picked the 18-year-old Penticton, BC native because they feel he has the potential to fill out into a large forward.
Though listed at 150 lbs at 18, his physical frame is only destined to fill out and become a NHL ready body.
As for his stats on the ice, MacMillan finished his rookie season with the Alberni Valley Bulldogs of the BCHL, ranking ninth in league scoring with 26 G, 54 A and 44 PIMs. He added another five goals and nine assists in 13 playoff games as well.
MacMillan did this in a league where Pittsburgh Penguins first round pick Beau Bennett co-led the BCHL in scoring with 120 points along with undrafted Mark Zengerle.
MacMillan shows great potential and his development may lean towards a run in the WHL.
No. 117: Morgan Ellis - Defense (6'1", 180 lbs)
Morgan Ellis just completed his sophomore season in the QMJHL with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles. He finished the season with 29 points (4 G, 25 A) with 56 PIMs.
The Ellerslie, PEI native seems to be developing into a defenseman with shut down capabilities. However, his development in the QMJHL will send alot of red flags from many scouts. Mainly because many believe the QMJHL doesn't develop players as well as in the OHL or WHL.
However, Ellis's play has not chased away the Habs from drafting him. Another 6-foot plus defenseman in the Canadiens arsenal.
One or two more years in junior will see if the Canadiens made the right pick, but as for now Ellis could be joining the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs in two years.
No. 147: Brendan Gallagher - Forward (5'8", 163 lbs)
With 81 points (41 G, 40 A) including 111 PIMs, the Canadiens took the risk on a small forward in Brendan Gallagher.
But was it a risk? With 111 PIMs, Gallagher is seemingly unafraid to go into the rough areas of the ice. It seems he gets rewarded for his efforts.
With his 81 points ranking him second on the WHL's Vancouver Giants in scoring and his 41 goals ranking him tied for seventh in the WHL, Gallagher may be a big steal in the late stages of the draft.
Only his size may have scared away teams from him becoming a pick earlier.
Gallagher could be another big-little player, such as a Brian Gionta or an up-and-coming David Desharnais.
No. 207: John Westin - Forward (6'0", 183 lbs)
Westin is a big forward from Sweden with impressive numbers for a rookie in the Swedish Elite League.
His 16 G and 10 A in 31 games impressed Canadiens brass enough to get drafted in the seventh round. His size may also be a factor as he is 6-foot and possibly still growing.
Westin played for Sweden in the World Juniors and netted three goals and added an assist in six games.
With this being the Canadiens only European pick, it seems they left it to the last round to find another possible diamond in the rough.
Again, if Westin develops further in the Swedish Elite League, he could be a very good late round pick.
With four out of the five players ranking over 6 feet, the Canadiens tried to assess their size disadvantage. With players under 6 feet, they addressed toughness and a willingness to get to the dirty areas, a quality seen in players such as Martin St. Louis.
Development systems and the places where these players develop will determine their futures and if they will be busts or not.
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