Top 15 Players You Forgot Recently Played For The Montreal Canadiens


After spending the majority of his NHL career with Carolina – and a short stint with Edmonton — Erik Cole made his way to Montreal in 2011.


This left winger played a total of 101 regular season games with the Canadiens and tallied 67 points (38 goals, 29 assists), along with a +12 plusminus rating. He was one of their top power play guys with one of the most ice time while on the man advantage and he certainly was an asset with 15 of his points (including 11 goals) recorded while they were a man up. He could also throw his body around with a total of 229 hits which averaged out to over two hits per game.


In February 2013, he was sent to the Dallas Stars in exchange for Michael Ryder and a third round draft pick. He has not played in the NHL since 2015 with Detroit.



After spending the majority of his NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres, followed by half of a season with the New York Islanders, Thomas Vanek was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in March 2014 along with a fifth round draft pick, in exchange for Sebastian Collberg and a second round pick.


This left winger only played 18 games with the Canadiens, but he was definitely impressive. He averaged almost a point a game with 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists) with two of those goals being recorded on the power play. In fact, he was one of the top players to see the most ice time during the man advantage. He also had a +8 plusminus rating and tallied just 8 penalty minutes.


He also helped them out in the playoffs, appearing in 17 games and producing 10 points including 3 power play goals.

After his short time in Montreal, Vanek went on to play for Minnesota, Detroit, and now Florida.