Captain Yvan Cournoyer (who underwent back surgery recently and will not skate in Montreal's Cup chase), Center Jacques Lemaire, handyman Jim Roberts and Defense-men Serge Savard, Guy Lapointe and Pierre Bouchard all graduated to the Canadiens' roster through the NHL's old sponsorship program, whereby teams owned an amateur's professional rights almost from the time the player entered kindergarten. Here is how the wily Pollock filled out the Canadiens' present roster:
KEN DRYDEN, goaltender: After Boston drafted Dryden as a 16-year-old amateur in 1964. Pollock immediately traded draft choices Guy Allen and Paul Reid to the Bruins for the pro rights to Dryden and Alec Campbell. Only Dryden has played in the NHL.
MICHEL LAROCQUE, goaltender: In 1968 Pollock traded Bryan Watson to California for the Seals' No. 1 pick in the 1972 amateur draft, then used it to select Larocque as Montreal's second choice—and the sixth overall—in the draft.
LARRY ROBINSON, defenseman: Using Los Angeles' second-round pick, acquired in a 1970 trade that sent Dick Duff to the Kings, Pollock made Robinson his fourth choice—and 20th overall—in 1971.
RICK CHARTRAW, defenseman: Using "future draft considerations" acquired along with "a player to be named later" in a 1973 deal that sent Bob Murray, Chuck Arnason and the NHL rights to Dale Hoganson to Atlanta, Pollock made Chartraw his third pick—and 10th overall—in 1974.
BILL NYROP, defenseman: Using "future considerations" obtained hours earlier during a complicated series of pre-expansion deals with Atlanta, Pollock made Nyrop his seventh choice—and 66th overall—in 1972.
GUY LAFLEUR, right wing: In 1970 Pollock quietly traded Ernie Hicke and the Canadiens' No. 1 pick in that year's amateur draft to California in exchange for Francois Lacombe and the Seals' No. 1 choice in 1971. When California finished the 1970-71 season with the NHL's worst record, Pollock used its No. 1 pick to select Lafleur.
STEVE SHUTT, left wing: Using Los Angeles' first-round pick, acquired in a 1968 deal that sent Goaltender Gerry Desjardins to the Kings. Pollock made Shutt his first pick—and fourth overall—in the 1972 draft.
BOB GAINEY, left wing: In 1972 Pollock acquired Atlanta's No. 1 pick in 1973 as part of a "future considerations" transaction. Before the 1973 draft he traded Atlanta's No. 1 pick, and fifth overall, to St. Louis for the Blues' No. 1 choice in 1973, the eighth overall, and their No. 1 pick in 1974. In other words, for moving down three places in the draft, Pollock acquired an extra No. 1 pick for the Canadiens. Pollock then drafted Gainey with St. Louis' choice in 1973.
DOUG RISEBROUGH, center: In 1974 Pollock traded spare Center Dave Gardner to St. Louis for the Blues' No. 1 pick in that year's draft, then used it to make Risebrough Montreal's second choice—and the seventh overall.