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Fantasy Summary

Good size and draft pedigree. Upside to become a decent NHL starter but still a long way to go before that’s possible.


Observations

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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, barring any unforeseen injury or COVID setbacks. Dave Hall

 

April 2020 – Montembeault could certainly be in Florida’s plans for the future but more as a back-up than a starter. Fantasy owners should keep Montembeault in mind as a solid plug-and-play option. Keith Fries

 

September 2018 – Montembeault has been assigned to Florida’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds. Montembeault is the number four goalie on Florida’s depth chart, and he’s expected to split goaltending duties in the AHL with veteran goalie Michael Hutchinson.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

January 2018 – Montembeault has been called up to the NHL for the first time in his young career. The move was made because both Luongo and Reimer are on injured reserve, and head coach Boughner has said he expects Montembeault to see some action, so his NHL debut could be coming soon. Jokke Nevalainen

 

May 2017 – Montembeault’s season ended at the hands of the Saint-John Sea Dogs in the QMJHL playoffs. Despite a knee injury that cost him around a month, Montembeault enjoyed a solid season, posting a 28-9 record for the Armada with a 2.40 GAA and .907 save percentage. Montembeault will make the leap to the AHL next season and continue his development. With Reimer and Luongo in the crease in Florida, there is no need to rush the young netminder, as they groom him to be the club’s starting goalie of the future. Joel Gluss

 

December 2015 – Montembeault has received the honour of being selected as one of Team Canada’s three goaltenders at the World Junior Championships. He is slated to start the tournament as the backup to Mason McDonald, and likely will slide to third on the depth chart on Mackenzie Blackwood returns from suspension. He has posted a very respectable 2.79 GAA with a .886 save percentage with a struggling Blainville-Boisbriand Armada through the teams’ first 36 games. – Lee Rayson

 

Nov 2015 – Montembeault has put up very encouraging numbers through his QMJHL career with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada. After starting 52 games last year, he will continue as the number one netminder for the Armada for the 2015-16 season. The agile goalie was drafted in the third round by the Florida Panthers, and has the potential to develop into their next franchise goalie once Roberto Luongos’ career begins to wind down, providing Montembeault with a number of important development years and not being thrown into the NHL too early. Luongo has been proven to be a terrific mentor for other young NHL goalies Cory Schneider and Eddie Lack. – Lee Rayson

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country CAN
Position G
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth October 30, 1996
Height 6‘3”
Weight 198 lbs
Drafted 2015 Round 3; Overall: 77

Stats

 Season Team League GP GAA SVS%      Playoffs GP GAA SVS%
 2008-2009 Shawinigan Jr CataractesQC Int PW- - -|      
 2011-2012 Mauricie Estacades M17 AAAQM17AAA16 2.82 -|      
  Trois-Rivières EstacadesQM18AAA1 0.00 1.000|      
 2012-2013 Trois-Rivières EstacadesQM18AAA19 2.54 .915|Playoffs6 2.79 .915
 2013-2014 Blainville-Boisbriand ArmadaQMJHL14 2.35 .898|Playoffs1 3.40 .824
 2014-2015 Blainville-Boisbriand ArmadaQMJHL52 2.59 .891|Playoffs6 2.38 .878
 2015-2016 Blainville-Boisbriand ArmadaQMJHL47 2.63 .901|Playoffs11 2.45 .925
  QMJHL All-StarsJr Super Series1 3.04 .850|