Two Quebecers among seven players drafted by Canadiens

 

 
 
 
 
Gabriel Dumont wears the Habs jesery as he is picked in the 5th round during the 2009 NHL draft.
 
 

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

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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.

In Round 4, with pick No. 109 overall, the Habs selected Russian Alexander Avtsin from Moscow Dynamo.

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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Gabriel Dumont wears the Habs jesery as he is picked in the 5th round during the 2009 NHL draft.
 

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

 
Gabriel Dumont wears the Habs jesery as he is picked in the 5th round during the 2009 NHL draft.
Canadiens pick Mac Bennett.
Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey (right) and head coach Jacques Martin at the team's draft table.
Canadiens draft pick Joonas Nattinen (left) and Islanders pick Mikko Koskinen.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien speaks with a reporter before the start Day 2 at the 2009 NHL draft in Montreal.
Canadiens third-round draft pick Joonas Nattinen of Finland.
The 2009 NHL Entry Draft continues at the the Bell Centre Saturday.
Canadiens first-round draft pick Louis Leblanc is flanked by director of player personel Trevor Timmons (left), GM Bob Gainey (middle) and head coach Jacques Martin lastr night at the Bell Centre.
Canadiens GM Bob Gainey (right) and director of player personel Trevor Timmons pose with first-round draft pick Louis Leblanc of Pointe Claire last night at the Bell Centre.
The New York Islanders selected John Tavares first overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on June 26, 2009, at the Bell Centre.
London Knights John Tavares (mother Barbara Tavares at right) nervously awaits the start of the 2009 NHL Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.
The New York Islanders GM Garth Snow and 1st round pick John Tavares laugh it up at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.
The Montreal Canadiens chose Louis Leblanc 18th in the 2009 NHL Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.
The Toronto Maple Leafs'  Brian Burke (not seen) and Cliff Fletcher (L) chose Nazem Kadri 7th in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.
The Edmonton Oilers chose M. Paajarvi-Svensson 10th in the 2009 NHL Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.
The Vancouver Canucks chose Jordon Schroeder 22nd in the 2009 NHL Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.
The Vancouver Canucks chose Jordon Schroeder 22nd in the 2009 NHL Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.
The Calgary Flames chose Tim Erixon 23rd in the 2009 NHL Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.
The Tampa Bay Lightning selected Victor Hedman 2nd overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.
he Vancouver Canucks chose Jordon Schroeder 22nd in the 2009 NHL Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.
A happy Matt Duchene went 3rd to the Colorado Avalanche in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.
The Ottawa Senators chose Jared Cowen 9th in the 2009 NHL Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.
The Calgary Flames chose Tim Erixon 23rd in the 2009 NHL Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.
The Edmonton Oilers chose M. Paajarvi-Svensson 10th in the 2009 NHL Draft on Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Bell Centre.
He's No. 1: The New York Islanders selected forward John Tavares first overall last night in the NHL entry draft opener at the Bell Centre.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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