Samuel Montembeault

Hometown:

Bécancour Quebec

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1996-10-30

Position:

G

Eligible for draft:

2015

Catches:

Left

Drafted:

2015

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

3rd round (77th overall), 2015

Weight:

165 lbs.

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History

2011-12: Samuel Montembeault appeared in one midget AAA game with the Trois-Rivieres Estacades in Quebec and played AA hockey for the Mauricie Estacades midget espoir club. He had a 2.82 goals against in 16 games for Mauricie. 

2012-13: Montembeault played for the Trois-Rivieres Estacades in the Quebec Midget AAA League, sharing the goaltending duties with 17-year-old Gabriel Forcier. In 19 regular season games Montembeault had a 2.54 goals against and .915 save percentage. Trois-Rivieres reached the QMAAA quarterfinals, falling to College Antoine-Girouard. Montembeault played in six playoff games, finishing with a 2.79 goals against and .915 save percentage. He was selected by Blainville-Boisbriand in the third round (40th overall) in the 1013 QMJHL Entry Draft. 

2013-14: Montembeault appeared in 14 regular season games and one playoff contest for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada as a backup to 20-year-old Etienne Marcoux in his first QMJHL season. He was 9-1-1 with a 2.35 goals against and .898 save percentage during the regular season for the Armada. Blainville-Boisbriand finished second in the West Division and reached the playoff quarterfinals. Montembeault was 1-0 in his only playoff game, stopping 14 of 17 shots in 56 minutes of action in an 8-7 overtime win over Rimouski. 

2014-15: Montembeault had the second-best goals against average (2.59) amongst QMJHL goalies — trailing only Dallas Stars prospect Philippe Desrosiers of Rimouski (2.50) amongst full-time starters — in his second QMJHL season with Blainville-Boisbriand. In 52 regular season games he was 33-11-7 with 3 shutouts and had a 2.59 goals against and .891 save percentage. The Armada finished first in the West Division before a surprising first-round loss to Gatineau. Montembeault was 2-4 with a 2.38 goals against and .878 save percentage in six playoff games. He played for Team Cherry in the 2015 CHL/NHL Top Prospects game and was ranked third amongst North American goaltenders in the Central Scouting final rankings. Montembeault was selected by Florida in the third round (77th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.

2015-16: Montembeault attended his first NHL training camp with the Panthers before returning to Blainville-Boisbriand for his third QMJHL season. He played for the QMJHL All-Stars in the Subway Series against Russia and was with the Canada U20 team at the 2016 World Junior Championship, though he did not see any action as the third goalie behind Mackenzie Blackwood (NJ) and Mason McDonald (CGY).  Montembeault played 47 regular season games for the rebuilding Armanda. He was 17-19-8 with three shutouts and had a 2.63 goals against and .901 save percentage. Blainville-Boisbriand reached the second round in the playoffs after finishing fourth in the West Division. Montembeault played in 11 playoff games was 5-5-0 with one shutout. He had a 2.45 goals against and .925 save percentage. Montembeault started the first game between Russia and the QMJHL, stopping 17 of 20 shots in a 3-2 loss. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Florida in May 2016. 

Talent Analysis

Montembeault is in the mould of the new age of goaltenders – tall, lanky and athletic. Still learning the position, the agile netminder is fluid in his movement between the pipes, but can be caught napping occasionally on shots directed toward his glove hand. He also needs to improve his angles in the net, but, at this point, he has starting goaltender potential at the NHL level.

Future

Montembeault had a challenging third QMJHL season playing for Blainville-Boisbriand in 2015-16, playing some of his best hockey in the playoffs and receiving an entry-level contract with the Panthers. He will challenge for a roster spot in training camp. Barring any surprises, he will begin the 2016-17 season either playing minor league hockey or returning to the QMJHL for an overage season. Montembeault has the requisite skills to be an NHL starter one day but as with most young goalies his long-term potential is difficult to forecast.

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