Future Watch: Samuel Montembeault Rookie Hockey Cards, Panthers – Sam Montembeault is a 6-3 goalie who was drafted 77th overall by the Florida Panthers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. With Roberto Luongo still there, this prospect still has time to marinate.
In his first year with the Blainville-Boisbriand-Armada he got his feet wet in 2013-14. He got in a playoff game and he was getting closer to being a top goalie in the “Q”.
In 2014-15, he played 52 games with a 2.59 GAA and a .898 save percentage. He got in six postseason games as well.
2015-16 was the year he took a big step forward. He was a backup in the 2015-16 World Junior Championship. He played in 47 games, had a 2.63 GAA and a .901 save percentage in a league known for scoring. In 11 playoff games he mostly locked it down with a .925 save percentage.
In 2016-17, he played in 41 games in his last season with the Armada. He had six shutouts and a .907 save percentage. He played in 18 postseason games and posted a .910 save percentage. It was a good run and he turned pro after that.
In 2017-18 he was called up by the Florida Panthers but never played. Just being on the bench was enough to get him his first trading card. That’s the NHLPA rule for goaltenders. That season he played 41 AHL games for the Springfield Thunderbirds. He had a .898 save percentage so he had some work to do.
Collectors can get his Young Guns rookie card in 2018-19 Series 1 Hockey. His other card so far was in 2016-17 Canada Juniors. Goalies take time to develop so don’t sleep on him.
This Quebec native is close. He’s 22 and for goalies it’s not too late. Could he replace Roberto Luongo someday? Stay tuned.
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