Last year, the Habs were one of the winners in the Draft Lottery, moving up a spot in the process. They weren’t as lucky this time around as they stayed pat as expected and hold the 15th pick on June 21st.
Montreal went into the night with a 96.3% chance of picking 15th, 1.0% odds of selecting 1st, 1.1% for 2nd, and 1.3% for third.
It has been quite a while since the Canadiens held the 15th pick. The last time they made that selection was back in 1986 when they selected winger Mark Pederson out of Medicine Hat of the WHL. He only played in 169 career NHL games, 56 with Montreal before being flipped for a second-round pick in 1991.
The full results of the lottery are as follows:
1. New Jersey Devils
2. New York Rangers (their first top-three pick in franchise history)
3. Chicago Blackhawks
4. Colorado Avalanche
5. Los Angeles Kings
6. Detroit Red Wings
7. Buffalo Sabres
8. Edmonton Oilers
9. Anaheim Ducks
10. Vancouver Canucks
11. Philadelphia Flyers
12. Minnesota Wild
13. Florida Panthers
14. Arizona Coyotes
15. Montreal Canadiens
Here are the players ranked 15th in the most recent rankings from some publications:
HockeyProspect: RW Bobby Brink (Sioux City, USHL)
ISS: D Thomas Harley (Mississauga, OHL)
Future Considerations: D Matthew Robertson (Edmonton, WHL)
McKeens: D Cam York (US NTDP, USHL)