Montreal’s worst draft year

As everyone knows, the draft is an important part of any team’s chances to be successful.

Matt Carkner is the only player from Montreal's 1999 draft year to play any games in the NHL.

The better you draft, the better your chances of being successful.

I was recently looking up the draft history of the Montreal Canadiens, and it’s easy to see why they had many years of suck-i-tude throughout the 90s and early 2000s.

1984 was a great year, for example. Their first four draft picks were Petr Svoboda, Shayne Corson, Stephane Richer and Patrick Roy. All four players played more than 1,000 games, and played important roles in Montreal’s championships.

But when you get to the 90s, you see some horrible years. But there was no draft worse than 1999.

That year, Montreal drafted Alexander Buturlin, Matt Carkner, Chris Dyment, Evan Lindsay, Dusty Jamieson, Marc-Andre Thinel, Matt Shasby, Sean Dixon, Vadim Tarasov, Mikko Hyytia and Jerome Marois.

In total, those players have a total of 14 NHL games combined. And Matt Carkner has played all of them, 12 of them this season for the Ottawa Senators.

How can you have a draft where, 10 years later, only 14 games has been played by 11 guys.

Whatever happened to the rest of those guys? Anyone know?

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