Good size and draft pedigree. Upside to become a decent NHL starter but still a long way to go before that’s possible.
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April 2022 – The Canadiens claimed Montembeault off waivers on October 2, 2021, on the eve of an ill-fated season. Since then, Montembeault has more than doubled his career starts and has been the Habs’ second most-used goaltender, just 150 minutes behind Jake Allen at the time of writing. While Montembeault’s numbers are not the prettiest – seven wins in 25 starts, 3.64 GAA, and a .895 SV% – he has performed admirably behind a truly weak defensive corps. He has also had a handful of dominant performances, offset by the six games in which he has conceded at least five goals. It should be noted that Montembeault started nearly every game in a two-month span from mid-January to mid-March as Jake Allen was injured, Andrew Hammond got hurt shortly after his acquisition and Cayden Primeau did not at all look capable of handling NHL duties just yet, and Montembeault did all this with an injured wrist that will likely require surgery in the offseason. While his positioning in the crease requires continued refinement, his athleticism has been on full display all year, and there is a real possibility he is one of those late bloomer goalies. I think the Canadiens will, and should, keep Montembeault around as a backup goaltender next season, as his tools are promising and he has held his own against a tonne of adversity this season. Sebastian High
January 2021 – Montembeault has made the Panthers’ rotation out of camp and will sit in as the club’s third-string netminder for the 2020-21 season, barri