The Class of 2005
While the Canadiens didn’t end up winning the league-wide lottery leading up to the draft following the lockout, they nonetheless came away with a jackpot of their own. After luck of the draw placed them all the way at No. 5, the Habs shocked many in hockey circles by picking a goalie. Since that fateful day, Carey Price has done nothing but live up to his billing, following up a gold medal at the World Juniors and a Calder Cup championship by cracking the Habs’ lineup as a 20-year-old and making the NHL’s All-Rookie Team in 2007-08.
In the second round, GM Bob Gainey did some wheeling and dealing and moved up to No. 45 to snag power forward in the making Guillaume Latendresse. In 2006-07, Latendresse became the first Canadiens player in over two decades to make the team before turning 20 and notch 16 goals as a rookie.
Drafted in the sixth round that day in Ottawa was scrappy forward Matt D’Agostini, who despite being picked by the Canadiens 190th overall, has still reached NHL, spending most of last season with the big club.
At first glance, the Canadiens' selection of Sergei Kostitsyn in the seventh round, 200th overall, seemed to be nothing more than a family favor to his older brother Andrei, drafted two years earlier by Montreal. But once the younger Kostitsyn began torching the OHL, it became obvious that Sergei was the real deal. Although he's only 22, Kostitsyn already has 108 NHL games under his belt.
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com