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Morgan Ellis, drafted in the fourth round by the Montreal Canadiens, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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One day after drafting Jarred Tinordi in the first round, Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier was still raving about the selection.

"He's a big strong defenceman like that with a lot of character and leadership, that's something that every team would look for," Gauthier said Saturday.

The veteran executive had a fairly quiet second day at the draft. His next pick didn't come until the fourth round, when he chose forward Mark MacMillan 113th overall.

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The other players Montreal selected on Saturday were:

- defenceman Morgan Ellis, 117th overall, from the QMJHL's Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.

- winger Brendan Gallagher, 147th overall, from the WHL's Vancouver Giants.

- winger John Westin, 207th overall, from the Modo junior team in Sweden.

As Gauthier left the Staples Center, he was already looking ahead to an off-season that should be much less tumultuous than the last one. He's feeling optimistic about next year.

"It's not like last summer, where there was going to be a lot of changes and everybody knew it," said Gauthier. "We've had a year with this team and so we know a lot more about them. We feel a lot more confident about our team."

His top priority is getting goalie Carey Price's name on a contract. He's a restricted free agent this summer and Gauthier expects to start negotiations soon.

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"We need a goalie at training camp so we better sign him," said Gauthier.

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