2010 NHL Draft: Day 2
With the 113th overall pick obtained from the Coyotes on Friday night, the Canadiens nabbed Mark MacMillan from Alberni Valley of the BCHL. Ranked 135th among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, MacMillan scored 26 goals and finished ninth in league scoring with 80 points in 59 games in 2009-10.
Only four picks later, the Habs were at it again this time turning to the QMJHL to select defenseman Morgan Ellis of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles at No. 117. The Eagles' captain put up 29 points in 60 games in 2009-10.
"I’m really happy to be drafted by Montreal,” offered Ellis who made the trek to L.A. to hear his name called live. “It’s a first class organization and the fans are unbelievable which you really saw during the playoffs. I got to take a tour of the practice facility when I was there for my interview and that alone puts them in a class of their own.”
Ranked 97th overall heading into the Draft, Ellis didn't expect to hear Trevor Timmins call his name so early on Saturday afternoon.
"I was expecting to be drafted a little later, actually,” admitted Ellis. “I know I still have a lot of work to do to make it to the NHL. But this is just amazing.”
With their fifth-round pick, the Habs looked to Western Canada, selecting Brendan Gallagher of the Vancouver Giants. The 5-foot-9 right winger racked up 81 points in 72 games this past season while also leading the team with 41 goals. Not one to shy away from the rough stuff, the feisty winger also ranked third on the Giants with 111 penalty minutes and delivered in the playoffs with 21 points in 16 games this spring.
The Habs' brass capped their weekend's work by picking Swedish winger John Westin at 207th overall. The 6-foot, 180-pounder piled up a combined 41 points in 44 games across his time with three different teams in his homeland in 2009-10. He also chipped in with four points in six games with Team Sweden at the 2010 World Under-18 Championships.
After adding five new faces to his team's stable of prospects, Pierre Gauthier was pleased with how the Habs fared in his first draft as GM.
"To hear our scouts tell it, we are satisfied and they're the ones who knows all these players," explained Gauthier. "We were able to pick up some good offensive players and some solid young defensemen."
Habs select Jarred Tinordi
Eyes on the prize