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A history of 26th overall picks in the NHL entry draft

As we wait for the entry draft to start, let's take a look at a brief history of picks made 26th overall.

Jeff Gross

With Montreal's pick sitting so late in the draft, we thought it might be a good idea to take a look at the last ten 26th overall picks in the NHL entry draft.

2013 Anaheim Ducks Shea Theodore Stats
2012 Vancouver Canucks Brendan Gaunce Stats
2011 Chicago Blackhawks Phillip Danault Stats
2010 Washington Capitals Evgeny Kuznetsov Stats
2009 Anaheim Ducks Kyle Palmieri Stats
2008 Buffalo Sabres Tyler Ennis Stats
2007 St.Louis Blues David Perron Stats
2006 Calgary Flames Leland Irving Stats
2005 Calgary Flames Matt Pelech Stats
2004 Vancouver Canucks Corey Schneider Stats

As you can see, there's an even balance of quality players and misses. We should probably temper our expectations, as picking so late in the round rarely leads to elite players, however Trevor Timmins should have a good shot at a potential NHLer.

Montreal has only picked 26th overall once, selecting super pest Claude Lemieux in 1983.  Will the Habs continue the trend and pick his son, Brendan Lemieux?