Friday, December 04, 2009

Top 100 Montreal Canadiens Players of All Time

Happy Birthday Montreal Canadiens!

As you know, we've been putting out some decade-by-decade lists of the Montreal Canadiens players from the last 100 years. The list I have for you today is the integrated version of the list, the list where you see whether I like Lafleur or Richard, Plante or Dryden, Malone or Gagnon.

I'm sure you'll all have some fun perusing the list. I encourage all to do it and come back to us with their own amendments, as the discussion today could not be about anything more than the history of the Habs – and with last night's debacle, the more distant, the better.

Just a quick note on how we came to this list. All the editorial team and some friends of Lions in Winter submitted a list and basically we averaged the picks. It was a very democratic process, and I think it shows. As a result, I think we've come up with a pretty good list. Having looked through the history in depth, i can tell you one thing – there have been more than 100 good players on this team, and picking between all of them is a sport in itself.


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LIW RankingNamePositionYears

100

Ray GetliffeC1939-45

99

Billy CoutureD

1916-20, 1921-26

98

Craig LudwigD1982-90

97

Brian BellowsLW1992-95

96

Gilles TremblayLW1960-69

95

Ken MosdellC1954-56, 1957-59

94

Shayne CorsonLW1985-92, 1996-2000

93

Bill ReayC1946-53

92

Petr SvobodaD1984-92

91

Howard McNamaraD1915-16, 1919-20

90

Floyd CurryRW1947-58

89

Marcel BoninLW1957-62

88

Mark NapierRW

1978-84

87

Claude LemieuxLW1983-90

86

Phil GoyetteC1957-63

85

Eric DesjardinsD1988-95

84

Jimmy GardnerLW1913-15

83

Doug JarvisC1975-82

82

Pierre BouchardD1970-78

81

Jim RobertsD1963-77

80

Denis SavardC1990-93

79

Mathieu SchneiderD1987-95, 2009

78

Alfred LepineC1925-38

77

Johnny GagnonRW1930-40

76

Rejean HouleLW1969-83

75

Pierre MondouC1976-85

74

Doug RisebroughC1974-82

73

Pierre TurgeonC1994-96

72

Albert LeducD

1925-33, 1934-35

71

Billy BoucherRW1921-27

70

Terry HarperD1962-72

69

Rod LangwayD1978-82

68

Pierre LaroucheC1977-82

67

John FergusonLW

1963-71

66

Yvon LambertLW1972-81

65

Bobby RousseauRW1960-70

64

Alexei KovalevRW2004-09

63

Mario TremblayRW1974-86

62

Andrei MarkovD2000- (Active)

61

Charlie HodgeG1954-55, 1957-61, 1963-67

60

Jean-Guy TalbotD1954-67

59

Mark RecchiRW1994-99

58

Odie CleghornRW1918-25

57

Kirk MullerLW1991-95

56

Dick DuffLW1964-70

55

Jose TheodoreG1995-2006

54

Michel LarocqueG1973-81

53

Albert SiebertD (LW)
1936-39

52

Georges ManthaD1928-41

51

Herb GardinerD1926-29

50

Ken ReardonD1940-42, 1945-50

49

Stephane RicherRW1984-91, 1996-98

48

Rogatien VachonG1966-72

47

Bobby SmithC1983-90

46

Bud O'ConnorC1941-47

45

Ralph BackstromC1956-71

44

Bert OlmsteadLW1950-58

43

Pete MahovlichC1969-78

42

Joe MaloneC1917-19, 1922-24

41

Chris CheliosD1983-90

40

Claude Provost
RW1955-70

39


Jean-Claude Tremblay
D1959-72

38


Frank Mahovlich
LW1970-74

37


Sprague Cleghorn
D1921-25

36


Jack Laviollette
D1909-18

35


Vincent Damphousse
C1992-99

34

Tom Johnson
D1947-63

33

Mats Naslund
LW1982-90

32


Lorne Worsley
G1963-70

31


Guy Carbonneau
C1980-94

30

Jacques Laperriere
D1962-74

29

Steve Shutt
LW1972-85

28


Saku Koivu
C1995-2009

27


Georges Vezina
G1910-26

26


Guy Lapointe
D1968-82

25


Didier Pitre
RW1909-13, 1914-23

24


Sylvio Mantha
D1923-36

23


Emile Bouchard
D1941-56

22


Jacques Lemaire
C1967-79

21


Bill Durnan
G1943-50

20

Aurele Joliat
LW1922-38

19


Elmer Lach
C1940-54

18


Dickie Moore
LW1951-63

17


Yvan Cournoyer
RW1963-79

16


Bob Gainey
LW1973-89

15


George Hainsworth
G1926-37

14


Henri Richard
C1955-75

13


Bernard Geoffrion
RW1950-64

12


Serge Savard
D1966-81

11


Hector Blake

LW1935-48

10

Patrick Roy
G1984-95

9


Ken Dryden
G1970-79

8


Edouard Lalonde
C1909-11, 1912-22

7


Jacques Plante
G1952-63

6


Doug Harvey

D1947-61

5


Larry Robinson
D1972-89

4

Howie Morenz
C1923-37

3

Guy LafleurRW1971-85

2

Maurice RichardRW1942-60

1

Jean BeliveauC1950-71


Hope you enjoyed that. Do let us know where you stand, and include your top 10s if you can...

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