1999 Montreal Canadiens’ Post Draft Review

By pbadmin

If you tuned in to the first round of this year’s entry draft on television, you wouldn’t even think Montreal had a franchise in the NHL. Without a first round pick (traded to the Islanders for Trevor Linden) the Habs were all but invisible during this year’s draft coverage.

The Habs concentrated on drafting skilled forwards and big defenseman, while throwing two goaltenders into the mix. The loss of a first round pick was partially made up for by 2 picks in the second round, 2 picks in the fourth round, 3 picks in the fifth round and one pick in each of the final 4 rounds. The following is a list of the Habs’ draft picks in the order in which they were picked.

POS HT/WT DOB DRAFTED
Alexander Buturlin (rw) 6’0″/182 Lbs. Sep.3/81 D-Mtl99 (2-39)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 16 1 0 1 – 6 – –
(RUS)

#1 Strength- Speed and Skill
#1 Weakness- Size.
Buturlin has tremendous skill and can play at any forward position. This versatility is one of his many up-sides. He is aggressive even though his lack of size is a concern. He was ranked 4th among Europeans by the CSB.

POS HT/WT DOB DRAFTED
Matt Carkner (d) 6’4″/215 Lbs. Nov.3/80 D-Mtl99 (2-58)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 60 2 16 18 +15 173 – -
(OHL)

#1 Strength- Size and Strength
#1 Weakness- Speed
Carkner uses his size to his advantage. He clears the front of his net well and intimidates the opposition with his size. He can fight well, but his +15 demonstrates his ability to play the game well defensively. He was ranked 25th overall by the CSB, and will be entering his third season with the Peterborough Petes.

POS HT/WT DOB DRAFTED
Chris Dyment (d) 6’3″/201 Lbs. Oct.24/79 D-Mtl99 (4-97)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 25 1 5 6 – 16 – -
(H.E.)

#1 Strength- Skating Ability
#1 Weakness- Positioning
Dyment just finished his freshman year with Boston University. Is a strong skater with good lateral movement. Carries and passes the puck well off the transition. He was ranked 49th by the CSB and has been invited to the U.S. National Junior team camp for the last two years.

POS HT/WT DOB DRAFTED
Evan Lindsay (g) 6’1″/180 Lbs. May 15/79 D-Mtl99 (4-107)

GP W L T GAA S% SO
98-99 Stats 56 34 16 5 2.84 .905 2
(WHL)

#1 Strength- Size
#1 Weakness- Positioning
Lindsay, Formerly Calgary’s 2nd choice, 32nd overall in the 97 draft, reentered the draft after being unable to come to terms with Calgary on a contract. He set a Prince Albert record this past year with the lowest GAA in franchise history and will add even more depth to the Canadiens’ goaltending.

POS HT/WT DOB DRAFTED
Dusty Jamieson (lw) 6’2″/180 Lbs. May 26/81 D-Mtl99 (5-136)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 66 16 28 44 – 10 – -
(OHL)

#1 Strength- Hockey sense
#1 Weakness- Speed
Jamieson is a student of the game who works hard along the boards. He is not a natural scorer, but makes up for it with his intelligence and positional play. He was ranked 58th by the CSB and participated in the 1999 Top Prospects game.

POS HT/WT DOB DRAFTED
Marc-Andre Thinel (f) 5’11″/170 Lbs. – D-Mtl99 (5-145)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 66 45 58 104 – 16 – -
(QMJHL)

#1 Strength- Tremendous Skill
#1 Weakness- Size
Thinel was chosen surprisingly low because of his size. He is an offensive machine with great hands and a quick release. He is not physical and his future will always be questioned because of his size. He is a power play specialist who can play every forward position. He was ranked 32nd by the CSB and scored a goal in the 1999 Top Prospects game.

POS HT/WT DOB DRAFTED
Matt Shasby (d) 6’3″/188 Lbs. July 2/80 D-Mtl99 (5-150)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 49 4 22 26 – 34 – -
(USHL)

#1 Strength- Skating
#1 Weakness- Strength
Shasby is a good skater who can create offence off the transition. He is a strong positional player who passes extremely well. He was ranked 77th by the CSB and will be attending Alaska-Anchorage next season.

POS HT/WT DOB DRAFTED
Sean Dixon (d) 6’3″/185 Lbs. – D-Mtl99 (6-167)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 55 2 12 14 -6 57 – -
(OHL)

#1 Strength- Defensive Ability
#1 Weakness- Mobility
Dixon did not finish the season due to an injury. His size is an asset, but his defensive prowess is his greatest strength. He was ranked 37th by the CSB and should improve with another season of junior under his belt.

POS HT/WT DOB DRAFTED
Vadim Tarasov (g) 6’1″/180 Lbs. Dec. 31/76 D-Mtl99 (7-196)

GP W L T GAA S% SO
98-99 Stats 19 – – – 2.58 – -
(RHL)

#1 Strength- ?
#1 Weakness- ?
Tarasov is a goaltender playing in the Russian Hockey League. He is 22 years old and was not ranked by the CSB.

POS HT/WT DOB DRAFTED
Mikko Hyytia (c) 6’0″/180 Lbs. July 12/79 D-Mtl99 (8-225)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats (JR.A) 12 2 7 9 – 4 – -
(Finland) (JR.B) 27 32 15 47 – 53 – -

#1 Strength- Skill
#1 Weakness-Strength
Hyytia is a skilled player who must improve his strength. He was ranked 51st among Europeans and made the All-Star team at the Under-18 World Championships.

POS HT/WT DOB DRAFTED
Jerome Marois (lw) 6’0″/180 Lbs. – D-Mtl99 (9-253)

GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SH
98-99 Stats 52 8 15 23 – 48 – -
(QMJHL)

#1 Strength- Skill
#1 Weakness- Defensive Play
Marois has good offensive skills and adequate size. Toss a coin, the jury is still out on him. He must improve his consistency and defensive play. He was ranked 95th by the CSB and spent last season behind Simon Gagne and Eric Chouinard on Quebec’s depth chart.

“Hab” You Heard?
The Habs lost Brett Clark to the Atlanta Thrashers in this year’s expansion draft. Rejean Houle was quoted as saying that Patrick Poulin was the player he was most worried about losing.

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