“Trevor Timmins will be sitting next to me at our draft table in Pittsburgh. He’s done an excellent job in the past.”  Marc Bergevin at his introductory Canadiens news conference.

Will it be Nail Yakupov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Alexander Galchenyuk, Filip Forsberg or defenseman Ryan Murray?   When the Canadiens make the third overall choice in this year’s NHL entry draft, for the tenth consecutive year the ultimate decision will be in the hands of Canadiens director of player recruitment Trevor Timmins.

Trevor Timmins - Canadiens Director of Player Recruitment

His success rate ranks at the top of the NHL.  Over the years he’s been responsible for bringing Jaroslav Halak, Alexei Emelin, Carey Price, Ryan McDonagh, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban into the Canadiens organization.

Given that it takes four or five years for the full results of any draft year to be analyzed, the best success yardstick is his first five years – 2003 to 2007.   Timmins selected 42 players over that time.  Twenty-five of his choices have played in the NHL, an extraordinary 54 percent.

It’s relatively easy to find a potential NHLer in the first round but 16 of the 25 were drafted 40th or later and seven of them were drafted 100th or lower including Jaroslav Halak, Mikhail Grabovski, Mark Streit, Matt D’Agostini and Sergei Kostitsyn.

Here is the Timmins Report Card – 2003-2007 –

Andrei Kostitsyn          -10th
Maxim Lapierre           – 61st
Ryan O’Byrne              – 79th
Corey Locke               – 113th
Mark Flood                – 188th
Jaroslav Halak           – 271st

Kyle Chipchura          – 18th
Alexei Emelin            – 84th
J.T. Wyman             – 100th
Mikhail Grabovski – 150th
Greg Stewart           – 246th
Mark Streit             – 262nd

Carey Price                        – 5th
Guillaume Latendresse- 45th
Matt D’Agostini            – 190th
Sergei Kostitsyn           – 200th

Ben Maxwell                    – 49th
Mathieu Carle                – 53rd
Ryan White                    – 66th

Ryan McDonagh           – 12th
Max Pacioretty              – 22nd
P.K. Subban                   – 43rd
Yannick Weber              – 73rd

The jury is out on the most recent drafts.  In 2008 the Canadiens traded their first pick to Calgary in return for Alex Tanguay.  Speedy Danny Kristo became the Canadiens first pick (57th overall)  and is expected to join the Canadiens organization following his senior year at the University of North Dakota.


Trevor Timmins Welcomes Louis Leblanc to Canadiens Organization at 2009 Draft

Some think  ’09, ’10 and ’11 may equal or surpass 2007.    Besides Leblanc and Dumont, the  2009 draft included big centreman Joonas Naatinen, who played an improving first professional year in Hamilton, defenseman Mac Bennett still with the Michigan Wolverines and the enigmatic Alexander Avtsin, about to enter his third year in Hamilton.   Out of the 2010 draft are Jarred Tinordi, Morgan Ellis and Brendan Gallagher all considered top prospects.   And already getting early rave reviews from 2011 first round pick Nathan Beaulieu and another defenseman, Darren Dietz.

Of course Timmins influence has goes beyond the draft.  His department was also responsible for signing undrafted players like David Desharnais, Cedrick Desjardins, Frederic St. Denis, Raphael Diaz and Brendon Nash.