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Get to know the Class of 2019

Quick hits and fun facts about the Canadiens' 2019 NHL Draft class

by Shauna Denis @CanadiensMTL /

VANCOUVER - Marc Bergevin added 10 new prospects to the fold during the 2019 NHL Draft. Learn more about the new crop of Habs hopefuls.

  • Of the team's 10 picks at the 2019 NHL Draft, five were defensemen, all of whom are left-handed shots.
  • All four forwards selected by the Canadiens led their respective teams in goals in 2018-19, posting a combined 166 goals in 196 games played.
  • The tallest player picked by the Habs at the 2019 NHL Draft was 6-foot-6 defenseman Kieran Ruscheinski, the 206th-overall selection.
  • Frederik Nissen Dichow (138th overall) was the lone netminder taken by the Canadiens.
  • The Habs' 15th-overall selection, Cole Caufield, was one of eight first rounders selected out of the USNTDP on Day 1 of the 2019 NHL Draft.
  • Caufield potted 72 goals in 2018-19, bringing his career total with the USNTDP to 126 in 123 games, making him the program's all-time goal scoring leader.
  • The Canadiens' lone second rounder, Jayden Struble, competed with New England in the 2014 Little League World Series as a first baseman.
  • Struble finished first among all NHL Combine attendees in the bench press, the standing long jump, and grip strength tests, and ranked second in squat jump, third in vertical jump, and had the third-lowest body fat percentage.
  • Third-round selection Gianni Fairbrother was the first Vancouver native selected at his hometown Draft.
  • Jonquiere native Rafael Harvey-Pinard won the QMJHL's President Cup with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies this season, racking up 27 points in 20 playoff tilts en route to captaining the Huskies to a Memorial Cup title alongside Habs prospect Joel Teasdale.
  • Minnesota native Rhett Pitlick's father, Lance Pitlick, played 393 career NHL games with Ottawa and Florida and his cousin, Tyler Pitlick, currently plays for the Dallas Stars.

Video: Cole Caufield's first day as a Hab

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