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The 2004 NHL entry draft took place the weekend of June 26-27th in Raleigh, North Carolina. This year’s draft was the 41st edition of the annual event; the first NHL Amateur Draft being held at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal on June 5, 1963. All NHL drafts were held in Montreal until 1985 when the NHL began rotating the host city.

Habs Picks
1st Round / 18th overall Kyle Chipchura
3rd Round / 84th overall Alexei Yemelin
3rd Round / 95th overall –TRADED–
4th Round / 100th overall J.T Wyman
5th Round / 150th overall Mikhail Grabovski
6th Round / 181th overall Loic Lacasse
7th Round / 212th overall Jon Gleed
8th Round / 246th overall Greg Stewart
9th Round / 262th overall Mark Streit
9th Round / 278th overall Alex Dulac-Lemelin

Mock Draft Comparison

2004 Entry Draft HabsWorld Hockey’s Future Hockey News TSN.ca ISS Actual Pick:
1- Ovechkin Ovechkin Ovechkin Ovechkin Ovechkin Ovechkin 
2- Malkin Malkin Malkin Malkin Malkin Malkin 
3- Olesz Olesz Tukonen Barker Tukonen  Barker
4- Barker Barker Barker Ladd Meszaros Ladd
5- Tukonen Ladd Olesz Tukonen Schremp Wheeler
6- Ladd Thelen Ladd Olesz Barker Montoya 
7- Schwarz Schremp Montoya Wolski Montoya Olesz 
8- Smid Tukonen Schremp Smid Olesz Picard
9- Stafford Meszaros Thelen Stafford Ladd Smid 
10- Meszaros Wolski Meszaros Meszaros Wolski Valabik
11- Montoya Schwarz Schwarz Montoya Stafford Tukonen 
12- Radulov Stafford Stafford Schwarz Schwarz Thelen 
13- Thelen Valabik Valabik Thelen Valabik Stafford 
14- Schremp Picard Picard Picard Smid Dubnyk
15- Chipchura Graham Chipchura Schremp Thelen Radulov 
16- Dubnyk Chipchura Green Valabik   Nokelainen 
17- Picard Radulov Korpikoski Radulov   Schwarz 
18- Korpikoski Fransson Wolski Chipchura    Chipchura 
19- Wolski Lisin Nokelainen Lisin    Korpikoski
20- Valabik Smid Smid Nokelainen    Zajac
21- Voloshenko Montoya Radulov Korpikoski     Wolski
22- Lisin Green Graham Dubnyk    Kaspar
23- Lyamin Bolland Bolland Schultz   Meszaros 
24- Salmonsson Nokelainen Schultz Green   Chucko 
25- Sindel Korpikoski Dubnyk Bolland   Schremp 
26- Fransson Zajac Salmonsson Kaspar   Schneider 
27- Green O’Neill O’Neill Voloshenko   Schultz 
28- Nokelainen Alexandrov Wheeler Sindel    Fistric
29- Graham Hedman Lyamin Fransson    Green 
30- Zajac Dubnyk Schneider Graham   Rogers 
Correct picks:  2 5   

 Canadiens Draft PreviewHW Prospects Editor Dan Linn addresses the Habs draft tendencies and the team’s needs. That gives an idea of what Habs GM Bob Gainey will do at the Draft.

 Canadiens Draft Preview (1st Round)Brian La Rose takes a look at possible Habs draft picks.

Canadiens Mock DraftHW Prospects Editor Dan Linn gives his draftees suggestions.

NHL Mock Draft (1st Round)HW Stats Editor Brian La Rose gives his draftees suggestions for the first round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Final CSB RankingsA list of the top 200 players eligible for the Draft 2004 playing in America. A list of the top 150 players playing overseas, in Europe. The top 43 goalies in the World.

The Hockey News Players ProfilesGood scouting description.
TSN’s Top 50 draft previewProfiles of the top 50 players in this years draft
TSN.ca’s Depth Charts and Needs“What they may look for”
TSN.ca’s Prospects ProfilesIf you’re searching for basic info on the top Prospects, go to TSN. You’ll get a good picture with a short but useful scouting note.