Top 10 - Best campaigns by a Hab under 20 years old

Friday, 18.01.2013 / 10:36 PM

Henri Richard (1955-56)

The Canadiens clearly made the right move when they invited Maurice Richard’s younger brother, Henri, to the team’s training camp in 1955. The then 19-year-old “Pocket Rocket” kicked off his 20-year NHL career with a tally of 40 points in 64 games and the first of his incredible 11 Stanley Cups by the time his rookie campaign was over.

John Quilty (1940-41)

Without a doubt, the recipient of one of the most under-the-radar Calder Trophies in the history of the Canadiens, John Quilty enjoyed the best season of his career with Montreal at the age of 19. Posting a tally of 18 goals and 16 assists in 48 games in the team’s 1940-41 campaign, Quilty finished the season at the top of the Habs’ scoring ladder.

Petr Svoboda (1984-85)

After hightailing it out of his native Czechoslovakia after being drafted by the Canadiens in June of 1984, the developing defenseman managed to crack the Habs lineup when he was only 18 years old. In 73 regular season games during his rookie campaign, Svoboda broke the 30-point mark for the first of what would be three times in his 18-year NHL career.

Mario Tremblay (1974-75)

One of the youngest players to have ever officially donned the bleu-blanc-rouge, Mario Tremblay didn’t waste any time carving out a place for himself in the 1974-75 Canadiens lineup when he was only 18 years old. Not only did the Bionic Blueberry put up an impressive 21 goals and 18 assists, but he also proved there was a definite edge to his game, picking up 108 penalty minutes in the process.

Stephane Richer (1985-86)

With a gold medal at the World Junior Championships and a Calder Cup under his belt, Stephane Richer continued to make a name for himself early in his career when the joined the Canadiens at 19 years of age. After picking up 21 goals and 37 points in 65 regular season games, the future two-time 50-goal scorer also helped the Habs hoist their 23rd Stanley Cup, picking up five points in 16 playoff games.

Guillaume Latendresse (2006-07)

After being among the final players cut from the team in 2005 at the age of 18, Guillaume Latendresse finally made his much anticipated debut in 2006 as chants of, “Gui! Gui! Gui!” rained down from the stands. In his first campaign with the Habs, the young power forward, quickly became a fan favorite when he chalked up 16 goals and 13 assists.

Mark Hunter (1981-82)

The seventh overall pick at the 1981 Entry Draft, Mark Hunter went on to make his debut with the Canadiens only a few months later. Embarking on his rookie season at the young age of 18, Hunter didn’t disappoint, racking up 18 goals and 29 points. His five game-winning goals represented a team-high and helped the Habs finish the season at the summit of the Adams division.

Ken Reardon (1940-41)

Well known for his ability to lockdown his opponents, defenseman Ken Reardon started his NHL career in 1940-41 at the age of 19. The future hall-of-famer, picked up 10 points in his first campaign in the league – more than any other defenseman on the team.

Eric Desjardins (1988-89)

After spending two seasons in Junior, Eric Desjardins joined the Canadiens’ blue line corps when he was only 18 years old. Following a season in which he tallied 14 points in 36 games, the Rouyn native went on to help the Canadiens reach the Stanley Cup Finals and take on the Calgary Flames, adding two points in 14 games along the way.

Gilbert Delorme (1981-82)

As the Canadiens' first-round pick in 1981, it didn’t take long for Gilbert Delorme to establish himself as a mainstay on the Habs blue line at the age of 18. The young defenseman picked up 11 points in his rookie season while also posting a plus-19 differential.

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