Montreal Canadiens 2019 Draft Class: Habs Select Their Sniper of the Future At 15

Cole Caufield was the Canadiens' first-round draft pick, but they also found some hidden gems in the later rounds.
2019 NHL Draft - Portraits
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Round 6

Rafael Harvey-Pinard
Montreal Canadiens Rafael Harvey-Pinard / Minas Panagiotakis/GettyImages

170th Overall - Arsen Khisamutidinov

Khisamutidinov spent 15 games in Laval in 2020-21 and 10 games in the ECHL in 2021-22 but bolted for the KHL. He played two games in the KHL in 2022-23 but wasn't active in 2023-24.

Round 7

201st Overall - Rafael Harvey-Pinard

Considering the Habs' success with the Harvey-Pinard selection, the failure of their next pick is okay. Harvey-Pinard was a force in Laval for three seasons, recording 107 points in 145 games. The Canadiens recalled him in 2022-23 to end the season, and Harvey-Pinard captured the hearts of Habs fans with 20 points in 34 games.

The 2023-24 season showed that his output the previous season may have been too lofty to maintain, as he had just 10 points in 45 games.

206th Overall - Kieran Ruscheinski

Ruscheinski was a long shot as the Habs drafted him out of the Alberta U18 League after he played just three games in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He spent three seasons in the BCHL and now plies his trade at Lindenwood University. The 6-6 defenseman was a good idea in theory, but he never panned out for the Habs.