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Draft History: Players that have been picked ninth overall at the NHL Entry Draft

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Here's a brief history of all the NHL players who were drafted with the ninth overall pick.

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This season is truly a season of firsts. The Montreal Canadiens will draft 9th at the NHL Entry Draft for the first time in franchise history.

However, the Canadiens have previously picked a player at this position in the NHL Amateur Draft. In the 1975, they picked defenseman Robin Sadler at 9th overall but unfortunately, Sadler would go on to play in zero NHL games for the club.

That being said, here’s the full history of players who have been drafted 9th overall at the Entry Draft:

NHL Entry Draft Team Player Position GP G A Points
1979 Toronto Laurie Boschman F 1009 229 348 577
1980 Pittsburgh Mike Bullard F 727 329 345 674
1981 NY Rangers James Patrick D 1280 149 490 639
1982 Buffalo Paul Cyr F 470 101 140 241
1983 Vancouver Cam Neely F 726 395 299 694
1984 Pittsburgh Doug Bodger D 1071 106 422 528
1985 Los Angeles Craig Duncanson F 38 5 4 9
1986 NY Rangers Brian Leetch D 1205 247 781 1028
1987 Quebec Bryan Fogarty D 156 22 52 74
1988 St. Louis Rod Brind'Amour F 1484 452 732 1184
1989 St. Louis Jason Marshall D 526 16 51 67
1990 Washington John Slaney D 268 22 69 91
1991 Hartford Patrick Poulin F 634 101 134 235
1992 Hartford Robert Petrovicky F 208 27 38 65
1993 Dallas Todd Harvey F 671 91 132 223
1994 NY Islanders Brett Lindros F 51 2 5 7
1995 Boston Kyle McLaren D 719 46 161 207
1996 Anaheim Ruslan Salei D 917 45 159 204
1997 Washington Nick Boynton D 605 34 110 144
1998 NY Islanders Mike Rupp F 610 54 45 99
1999 NY Rangers Jamie Lundmark F 295 40 59 99
2000 Calgary Brent Krahn G 1
2001 Chicago Tuomo Ruutu F 735 148 198 346
2002 Florida Petr Taticek F 3
2003 Calgary Dion Phaneuf D 821 121 311 432
2004 Anaheim Ladislav Smid D 583 12 60 72
2005 Ottawa Brian Lee D 209 5 31 36
2006 Minnesota James Sheppard F 394 23 68 91
2007 San Jose Logan Couture F 431 154 169 323
2008 NY Islanders Joshua Bailey F 557 93 157 250
2009 Ottawa Jared Cowen D 249 15 31 46
2010 Minnesota Mikael Granlund F 240 31 101 132
2011 Boston Dougie Hamilton D 260 34 92 126
2012 Winnipeg Jacob Trouba D 211 23 49 72
2013 Vancouver Bo Horvat F 150 29 36 65
2014 Winnipeg Nikolaj Ehlers F 72 15 23 38
2015 San Jose Timo Meier F

(Source: HockeyDB)

From 1979 to 2015, NHL teams have drafted 21 forwards, 15 defensemen and 1 goaltender with the 9th overall pick. Of those players, only 4 players have gone on to play in less than a 100 NHL games in their career.

All of the players have suited up for at least 1 NHL game (with the exception of last year's pick, Timo Meier), although 3 players would go on to play in less than 50 games for their respective teams. However 18 players went on to play more that 500 NHL games.

Of the 37 players drafted, 12 players have gone on to score more than a 100 goals and 18 players have put up more than 100 assists.  Of them, 7 players have on to post more than 500 points and 2 of the players (Brind'Amour and Leetch) collected over a 1000 points over the course of their careers.

There isn't a lot star power on this list, but the it does include the likes of Cam Neely, Rod Brind'Amour and Brian Leetch. In recent years, the 9th pick has also resulted in players such as Dion Phaneuf, Logan Couture and Dougie Hamilton.

Unless the Montreal Canadiens choose to follow in the footsteps of the Ottawa Senators, the club should expect to draft at the very least a serviceable player with their 9th overall pick.