In pro hockey, the Montreal Canadiens are considered one of the all-time greatest organizations. Picking the best player at every position is no simple task. However, it is still fun to do.
Here are the all-time greatest Montreal Canadiens at each position.
The All Runner-Up Team
Center: Henri Richard
The “Pocket Rocket” is 3rd in all-time Canadiens scoring with 1,046 points. Also, he has a club record of 1,256 regular-season games. His 11 Stanley Cup rings signify more championships than any other athlete in North American pro sports.
Left-Wing: Mats Naslund
Naslund was the first European to play for the Habs. He is remembered as one of the most thrilling left-wingers in Canadiens’s history. In spite of playing only eight seasons in Montreal (617 games), Naslund accrued 612 points, including 243 goals. He is still the most recent Canadien to score 100 points in a season, earning 110 in 1985-86.
Right Wing: Guy Lafleur
The Flower would be thought of as the best right winger in almost any other organization’s history, but the Canadiens had a Rocket who played this same position. Lafleur is the all-time top point-getter for the Habs with 1,246 in 961 regular-season games. He won five Stanley Cups in the 1970s as well as earning two Hart Trophies.
Defense: Guy Lapointe
Lapointe played 14 seasons in Montreal and aided the team in winning six Stanley Cups. He was one of the best offensive defensemen in club history and ranks second in points by a defender with 572.
Defense: Serge Savard
Savard will always be known for his famous “Savardian Spin-o-Rama. But he was way more than just a defenseman. He played in 917 regular-season games, earning 412 points from the blue line while completing his career at plus-492. He was a huge part of eight championship teams and earned the Conn Smythe in 1968-69.