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Montour Reflects on his Time at Development Camp

Monday, 07.7.2014 / 12:56 PM PT / News
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Montour Reflects on his Time at Development Camp
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.”

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - DAL 82 50 23 9 267 230 109
2 x - STL 82 49 24 9 224 201 107
3 x - CHI 82 47 26 9 235 209 103
4 y - ANA 82 46 25 11 218 192 103
5 x - LAK 82 48 28 6 225 195 102
6 x - SJS 82 46 30 6 241 210 98
7 x - NSH 82 41 27 14 228 215 96
8 x - MIN 82 38 33 11 216 206 87
9 COL 82 39 39 4 216 240 82
10 ARI 82 35 39 8 209 245 78
11 WPG 82 35 39 8 215 239 78
12 CGY 82 35 40 7 231 260 77
13 VAN 82 31 38 13 191 243 75
14 EDM 82 31 43 8 203 245 70

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SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 7 2 3 4 5
J. Silfverberg 7 0 5 1 5
R. Kesler 7 4 0 2 4
A. Cogliano 7 2 2 -1 4
S. Vatanen 7 1 3 4 4
C. Perry 7 0 4 -7 4
C. Fowler 7 1 2 -2 3
C. Stewart 7 1 2 2 3
D. Perron 7 1 2 3 3
H. Lindholm 7 0 3 6 3
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 3 2 0 .947 1.41
J. Gibson 0 2 0 .900 3.08

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