MONTREAL – A team’s Draft Day portfolio can’t truly be measured until long after the big day has come and gone. Five years later, Trevor Timmins can officially look back on June 22 and 23, 2007 and smile.
After nabbing University of Wisconsin defenseman Ryan McDonagh with the 12th overall pick, the Habs director of procurement and player development stepped back up to the mic to draft Max Pacioretty 22nd overall. The same Max Pacioretty who finished as the Canadiens’ leading scorer this past season, bringing his career total to 114 points – good enough for eighth among all 2007 draftees in that category.
The Canadiens got right back to work in Round 2, drafting P.K. Subban with the 43rd overall selection. Among all blue-liners drafted that weekend, Subban’s 76 points in 160 career games are second only to Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and his 86 points thus far.
In the third round, a Swiss defenseman playing for the Kitchener Rangers caught the eye of the Habs brass. Five years later, Yannick Weber already has 109 career NHL games under his belt, picking up five goals and 25 assists in that span.
Three of the team’s other selections from the draft that year, Olivier Fortier, Joe Stejskal and Andrew Conboy are currently working their way up the ranks in the AHL with the Canadiens’ farm team in Hamilton. Meanwhile, sixth and seventh-round picks, Nichlas Torp and Scott Kishel are hard at work in the Swedish Elite League and NCAA, respectively.
To date, the crop of prospects mined by the Canadiens at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft have combined to play a total of 593 games in the big leagues, ahead of the Kings and Blues, whose draftees from ’07 have suited up for 557 and 553 NHL games, respectively.
Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis.
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