Four of Canadiens’ nine picks at NHL Draft are from the QMJHL

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The last player Habs drafted from the QMJHL who went on to play in NHL was Sven Andrighetto, selected in the third round in 2013.

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Stu Cowan  •  Montreal Gazette

“They fell into place,” Canadiens assistant GM Trevor Timmins said when asked why the team drafted so many players from the Quebec junior league. Photo by Bruce Bennett /Getty Images Article content

After selecting only two players from the QMJHL in the previous five NHL Drafts, the Canadiens picked four of them on Saturday.

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The Canadiens had nine picks overall at this year’s draft.

The Canadiens picked Riley Kidney, a centre with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in the second round; William Trudeau, a defenceman with the Charlottetown Islanders in the fourth round; Joshua Roy, a right-winger with the Sherbrooke Phoenix in the fifth round; and Xavier Simoneau, a centre with Charlottetown in the sixth round.

“They fell into place,” Canadiens assistant GM Trevor Timmins said when asked why the team drafted so many players from the Quebec junior league. “We were really high on Riley Kidney from Bathurst. We were happy he was still there when we picked late in the second. William Trudeau, got an extensive look at him in the playoffs. Spent a lot of time going…

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