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02-17-2013, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by ForsbergForever View Post
All these players were picked fair and square over several drafts, without any special territorial rights coming into play. In 1969, the one year they did actually have this privilege, they decided to pick local boys Rejean Houle and Marc Tardif over Bobby Clarke, which was obviously a bad choice.
They also exercised this option in 1968, using the first two picks on Michel Plasse (a serviceable goalie) and Roger Belisle ("Who?" you ask). They also had the last-place Seals' first round pick and chose defenceman Jim Pritchard with the third overall pick; another wasted pick on a player who never played a game in the NHL.

Granted this was before the amateur draft really opened up. Only 24 players were taken in '68 and the best of them all was probably Curt Bennett.

Anywho, as you were saying the myth that the Canadiens held special territorial rights over all of the players in Quebec is just that: myth. Plenty of great francophone Quebeckers didn't play for the Canadiens (Perreault, Ratelle, etc.). They ended up with a great many Quebecois players because they scouted their own back yard very heavily and sponsored as many Quebec teams as they could. There was such a thing as French Canadian draft priority but the Habs used it precisely twice and chose, in all: Michel Plasse, Roger Belisle, Rejean Houle and Marc Tardif.

Plasse was dealt to the Blues before having played a game, was later reacquired, and then lost to the Scouts in the 1974 Expansion Draft.

Belisle never played a game in the NHL.

Houle played for Montreal for parts of 11 seasons but was by no means a star, his best campaign being a 30-goal, 58-pt one in '77-'78.

Tardif played with Montreal for a little over three seasons at the start of his career and ended up playing his best years in the WHA.

I, like you, would hardly call that a great advantage over the competition.

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