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Montour Reflects on his Time at Development Camp

Monday, 07.07.2014 / 3:56 PM / News
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Montour Reflects on his Time at Development Camp
The final day of Anaheim\u2019s week-long prospect development camp was capped with an intrasquad scrimmage held in front of yet another packed house at The Rinks \u2013 Anaheim ICE.
By Kyle Shohara
AnaheimDucks.com

The final day of Anaheim’s week-long prospect development camp was capped with an intrasquad scrimmage held in front of yet another packed house at THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE.

Leading the way was Anaheim’s second-round draft pick Brandon Montour, who finished the scrimmage with two goals. The 20-year-old defenseman was selected 55th overall in the 2014 NHL Draft in Philadelphia, a “home run” pick according to Anaheim’s Director of Amateur Scouting Martin Madden.

Montour says he came away with a lot of useful information during his time at development camp. “All week, the coaches brought me aside and taught me the ins and outs that we need to learn to make the next level,” he said. “The biggest thing is the learning process throughout the week. I gained a lot of information and I’m going to carry that on to school.”

On his performance this afternoon, Montour says the puck happened to find his stick on a couple occasions. “It’s good to help the guys,” he said. “It was all fun.”

Montour will attend the University of Massachusetts in the fall after a superb season with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League. He was named the 2013-14 USHL Defenseman of the Year and USHL Player of the Year as determined by a vote of league coaches and general managers.

Montour played all 60 regular season games for the Black Hawks and totaled 62 points (14g/48a) to lead USHL defensemen in scoring and finish ninth overall in the league. It was the most points by a defenseman in the USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present), surpassing the 60 points (13g/47a) by Colby Cohen of the Lincoln Stars in 2006-07, and was just five points shy of the USHL all-time record of 67 points scored by Mike Ross of the Rochester Mustangs in the 1986-87 season.

“I’m an offensive defenseman, and this year in Waterloo definitely helped me transition my game into a two-way defenseman,” he said. “This whole year was a process, and I’m excited to keep it going.”

Montour isn’t just a one-sport athlete. He plays lacrosse during the summer months and says his play on the field helps his game on the ice especially with stickhandling and hand-eye coordination.

Fans in attendance during the two open scrimmages at Anaheim ICE caught glimpses of the style Montour brings to the rink. “I like to jump into the play as much as I can,” he said. “Sometimes I might get caught, but that’s the learning process. I’m going to learn throughout the years. Hopefully I’ll learn more in the next couple years and be a lot smarter.”

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
13 ARI 65 21 37 7 142 220 49
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 63 20 41 13 61
C. Perry 51 27 18 15 45
R. Kesler 66 17 24 1 41
S. Vatanen 57 12 22 6 34
M. Beleskey 56 21 9 13 30
J. Silfverberg 65 10 20 11 30
H. Lindholm 63 6 23 20 29
P. Maroon 58 7 21 -4 28
C. Fowler 65 6 22 3 28
R. Rakell 55 6 19 5 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 30 8 5 .917 2.34
J. Gibson 9 5 0 .924 2.41

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