Will Petteri Simila Become The Next Jaroslav Halak?

July 12th, 2010 by Kamal Panesar Leave a reply »
Article reprinted from HabsAddict.com

Trevor Timmins draft record for the Canadiens has been something of a mixed bag. Where he has struggled to deliver a homerun with his first round selections, he has made many successful later round picks including the likes of Maxim Lapierre, Sergei Kostitsyn, and Ryan O'Byrne.

None, however, have grabbed the public’s attention like the recently departed Jaroslav Halak.

When he was selected 271st overall in the ninth round of the 2003 NHL entry draft, Jaroslav Halak didn't seem like much more than an after thought.

However the newly appointed head of amateur scouting and player development for the Montreal Canadiens, Trevor Timmins, saw something more.

In a draft year that saw the Habs pick Andrei Kostitsyn tenth overall, followed by Cory Urquhart, Maxim Lapierre, Ryan O'Byrne, and finally Halak, Jaroslav ended up being the biggest sleeper of the bunch.

Timmins knew about Halak's potential and took a flyer in picking him in the now defunct ninth round.

He did so because he and his scouting staff believed that if Halak slipped through to the 2004 draft, he would end up becoming a se ...

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