Top 5 Draft Steals To Have Biggest Impact On Montreal Canadiens Franchise

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4. Michael Ryder, selected 216thoverall in 1998.

 Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Ryder scored 34 goals in his first Junior season with the Hull Olympiques and nearly finished with a point per game, yet he still fell to 216th in the ’98 draft before the Canadiens gave him a chance. He developed into an elite goal scorer with Hull, before becoming a Hamilton Bulldog and putting up impressive totals there as well. His rookie season of 2003-04 with the Canadiens, he finished second in goals and points, turning heads with his excellent shot.

Ryder would follow up his impressive freshman season with back to back 30 goal campaigns, leading the Habs both times and making a name for himself as an excellent power play sniper. He fell drastically in his fourth season, scoring only 14 goals and 31 points before leaving Montreal via free agency. He made his return to Montreal this season and notched 21 points in 27 games.

25 goal scorers are nothing to ignore, but fortunately for the Canadiens, they got three 25 goal seasons out of someone who was passed over 215 times in 1998.

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Topics: 2013 NHL Draft, Montreal Canadiens

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