The Montreal Canadiens only had one draft pick in the seventh round but chose to make a trade to get the chance to select Rafael Harvey-Pinard 201 overall.
206 was meant to be the final draw for the Montreal Canadiens but it looks as if they had one more player they wanted to add making a deal with the Philadelphia Flyers giving up a 2020 seventh-rounder in the process. It would be odd if the Habs went a whole draft without diving into the QMJHL at least once, and they did that taking Rafael Harvey-Pinard 201st overall.
Harvey-Pinard is an overage player who finished his third full major junior season as captain of the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. The Habs likely got a glimpse or two of him while tracking Samuel Harvey and Joël Teasdale in the playoffs.
The Huskies quickly did away with Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the first round and made it all the way to the President’s Cup Final (winning it) and Memorial Cup Final (winning that too). Harvey-Pinard was a factor for Rimouski putting up 13 goals and 13 assists for 27 points in 20 playoff games. As for his regular season, it wasn’t too shabby as well.
Harvey-Pinard set a career high in the QMJHL with 40 goals and 45 assists (five more than Teasdale) which was the second highest on the team.
Many value Harvey-Pinard’s work ethic and passion which he brings to each and every shift. It’s very reminiscent of a Brendan Gallagher on the Montreal Canadiens, and the fact that he was made the captain of Saguenéens immediately after being traded there speaks to his character.
Harvey-Pinard will likely dominate next season being much older than many of the other players in the league. That said, a strong season will potentially be a good stepping stone for the next level.