Gabriel Dumont wears the Habs jesery as he is picked in the 5th round during the 2009 NHL draft.
Photograph by: Allen McInnis, The Gazette
MONTREAL The NHL Enrty Draft wrapped up Saturday with rounds two through seven, with the Canadiens holding seven picks. With those selections, the Canadiens selected four centres, a winger, a defenceman and a goaltender. When you add in the selection of Louis Leblanc on Friday night, the Habs selected five centres in the draft, addressing one of the major shortcomings on the team up the middle - although not in the short term.
Two of the seven players selected were Quebecers: Leblanc and Gabriel Dumont.
To say that Day 2 of the draft was lower-key at the Bell Centre would be to understate the fact.
Friday night’s first round was a glitzy, made-for-TV production with every player going up to the stage and pulling on his new team’s jersey and cap. Saturday? Name announced and a quick trip to the club’s arena-floor table – no delay for the next team to be called.
The Canadiens are scheduled to have six picks Saturday, none in Round 2, but two in Round 3, Nos. 65 and 79. Montreal also has Nos. 109, 139, 169 and 199.
With their third round selection, No. 65 overall, the Canadiens selected Joonas Nattinen, a Finnish centre who is 6-foot-2, 176 pounds.
With its second pick in the third round, No. 79 overall, Montreal selected Mac Bennett, a defenceman playing high school hockey in Connecticut. He will be playing with Cedar Rapids of the USHL next season.
The Canadiens made the local fans happy in Round 5, selecting Gabriel Dumont of Drummondville of the QMJHL at No. 139. He's a 5-foot-9, 170 pound winger from Degelis who scored 28 goals last season.
At No. 169, Montreal selects Dustin Walsh, a 6-foot-2, 175 pounds forward who scored 32 goals and 31 assists with Kingston of the OJHL, which is a step below the OHL and allows him to maintain his NCAA eligibility.
With what was thought to be their final pick, the Habs selected Michael Cichy at No. 199. Cichy is from the Tri City Storm of the USHL and posted 16 goals in 59 games last season.
But the Pittsburgh Penguins sent their final pick, the last one of the draft at No. 211, with which the Canadiens selected a goaltender from Finland, Petteri Simila. The 19-year-old is 6-foot-6, yet another tall goaltender in the Canadiens organization.
The Habs chose Pointe Claire centreman Louis Leblanc as their first-round choice last night, taken No. 18 overall.
Follow the action with Mike Boone’s live blog at habsinsideout.com and stay tuned for updates here throughout the day.
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