The Montreal Canadiens have a been a very consistent team when it comes to making the Stanley Cup Playoffs over the past nine seasons, qualifying seven times in that span.
However, they have managed to win four playoff rounds over that same span, and most people often point to what has been an organizational weakness for at least that long as the main reason: a lack of size.
General manager Marc Bergevin was at the Canadiens' table for the second time at the 2013 NHL Draft in June, and for the second year in a row, Montreal opted for a big forward with its first-round pick. In 2012, it was Alex Galchenyuk who was selected No. 3 pick, a player the Canadiens hope will become the big, skilled center they have lacked for years.
This year, the Canadiens picked much later in the first round at No. 25 and went a bit off the board by selecting Michael McCarron from the U.S. National Team Development Program, a 6-foot-5, 228-pound right wing who brings an element of nastiness with his game. Their first pick of the second round also was a big forward, Swedish center Jacob De La Rose, known for being a strong two-way player with some physical edge.