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

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2. Jaroslav Halak, selected 271stoverall in 2003.

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Halak was drafted in the ninth round of the 2003 draft, a round that no longer exists as the NHL draft has only gone seven rounds since 2005. He moved to North America to play for the Lewiston Maineiacs of the QMJHL in 2004 and quickly proved to be a much better prospect than expected. He dominated the QMJHL before going on to the ECHL where he was excellent in a short stint and when given a chance in the AHL, he proved equally as impressive.

He made his NHL debut in 2006-07 and began turning heads in the world’s greatest league as well. After three excellent seasons, where he was used sparingly, he finally got his chance to shine with the Canadiens in 2009-10 and did not disappoint. He carried the Habs, a team that finished 8th overall in the Eastern Conference all the way to the East Final. He was the sole reason Montreal made it out of the first round in a seven game upset and was the deciding factor in yet another seven game series against the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

Halak did not have a long career with the Canadiens, but considering he was selected in the ninth round, 271st overall, 61 picks after the draft currently finishes, his imprint was the most surprising.

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Topics: 2013 NHL Draft, Montreal Canadiens

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