Before Marc Bergevin stepped in and eventually loaded up the team with centers, the Montreal Canadiens had been missing some talent down the middle for years.

Phillip Danault, Max Domi, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Nick Suzuki, Ryan Poehling, this look better than ever because not much has worked at center over the years beside Saku Koivu and Tomas Plekanec with a little bit of help from David Desharnais along the way. 

Apparently there was at least one occasion which they could have landed a franchise center. 

Former Montreal Canadiens general manager Andre Savard sat down with Mathias Brunet of La Presse for an in depth interview. 

After Savard was demoted and Bob Gainey took over, Savard stuck around as an assistant GM and scout. 

In 2006, the Canadiens drafted David Fischer but Savard had Giroux on his board. 

"In Vancouver, I slammed my fist on the table for Claude Giroux. Trevor can confirm this story. Even though I knew I was going to take a role in Pittsburgh soon, I still made a solid pitch for the Canadiens to draft Giroux. The debate was intense at the draft table between one of the top scouts and myself. They wanted David Fischer. Trevor, he juggled between the two. It was Bob Gainey who decided to make the decisions himself, after consultations. He decided that Fischer was the better player, a guy I didn't know at all. But Giroux, I knew everything about him. They were next to each other on our lists, 16th and 17th. But that didn't happen."

What do you think of Savard's story?


Source: Andre Savard