What is the NHL All-Star Draft? Full Canadiens History

For 2024, the NHL All-Star Game will feature its first draft since 2015, and the Montreal Canadiens will have one player representing the team for the weekend.

Jan 25, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Nick Suzuki (14) prepares for a face
Jan 25, 2024; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens forward Nick Suzuki (14) prepares for a face / Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
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Tonight, you can tune into the NHL All-Star Draft, at 6 PM EST on TVAS, SN, or ESPN 2 if you’re looking to see where Montreal Canadiens forward Nick Suzuki will land. He will be one of nine skaters playing for either Team Matthews, Team MacKinnon, Team McDavid, or Team Hughes. 

Since it’s been a while since we last had the draft format, you may need a reminder of how it worked in the past. The main difference this year is that we will see four teams instead of two, which was the case in 2011, 2012, and 2015, with a pair of goaltenders joining the nine skaters. 

You may remember some Canadiens players who took part in the game or the skills competition during those three seasons when the NHL held the draft format. If you’re new to the team and would like to know more about some former All-Stars, keep reading. 

Montreal Canadiens players who took part in past NHL All-Star Drafts

In 2011, goaltender Carey Price made the event playing for Team Staal while P.K. Subban was one of the team’s rookies competing in the skills competition. Price’s 9.00 GAA and an 0.813 save percentage was a team-best, but it wasn’t enough for Team Staal to overcome Team Lidstrom, who ended up winning 11-10. 

Price also represented the Canadiens in 2012, playing for Team Chara. Raphael Diaz also took part in the weekend as a member of the team’s rookies. While Diaz was not active, Price helped Team Chara claim the victory with a save percentage of 0.800 and a GAA of 9.00. 

In 2015, Price returned to the big game while it was still under the draft format, this time representing Team Foligno. Jiri Sekac joined Price on the roster as one of the rookies. Like some of the players mentioned above, however, Sekac was inactive for the game, competing only in the skills competition.

Price’s performance wasn’t enough to help Team Foligno overcome Team Toews, but on the plus side, he had the best outing of the team’s three goaltenders, ending the game with a 0.750 save percentage, and a 12.00 GAA.

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