Al Montoya
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Al Montoya


Glenview Illinois

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1st round (6th overall), 2004


201 lbs.

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2002-03- Montoya established himself as one of the top goaltenders in college hockey as a freshman. He was also the youngest player in Division I hockey. Montoya played in 43 games, setting a Michigan record with 30 wins, the most by a freshman goaltender. Montoya was named to Inside College Hockey Online All-Rookie Team, the CCHA Super Six Tournament Team and Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Midwest Regional.

2003-04- Montoya again started the majority of games for the Wolverines, recording a 26-12-2 record in 40 games. He was selected to the 2003-04 Jofa/AHCA All-America West second team, earned All-CCHA second team, and as a finalist for the CCHA Goaltender of the Year Award. Montoya also earned a gold medal as the started for the US National Team at the 2004 World Junior Championship in Finland, and was named the top goaltender of the tournament.

2004-05-Montoya’s junior season at Michigan was his final year playing collegiate hockey. In 40 games, Montoya had a record of 30-7-3 and save percentage of .895. He appeared in goal in 6 playoff games, compiling a record of 5-1, with a GAA of 1.67, a Save % of .912, and 1 shutout.

2005-06-In his first professional season, Montoya appeared in 40 games for the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack. He achieved a 2.61 GAA and a save percentage of .907. Montoya also played 2 games for the ECHL Charlotte Checkers during a rehabilitation stint. He was between the pipes in five AHL postseason games, posting a record of 2-1 and recordng a 1.87 goals against average. Montoya suffered his third injury of the year in Game 5 of the second round of the AHL playoffs, which sidelined him for the rest of the series and required shoulder surgery.

2006-07-Montoya came back from shoulder surgery to have a very good AHL season in 2006-07. With a personal season record  6 shutouts, the Rangers’ top prospect improved both his regular season GAA and save percentage. Although not completely injury-free throughout the entire 2006-07 year, Montoya survived without major problems, playing in 48 regular season and in 7 playoff contests.

2007-08: After starting the season in the New York Rangers system (in Hartford in the AHL), Montoya was traded to the Coyotes at the trade deadline. Didn’t get a chance to really establish himself in San Antonio given the timing. He posted an 8-6-0 record in 14 games played, while turning in a 2.59 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. Regardless, he earned the respect of his new teammates and brought some good values to the squad. Between San Antonio and Hartford, Montoya turned in another consistent year, with an overall record of 24-14-3. He also posted a 2.55 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage. 

Talent Analysis

Montoya is a flashy goaltender, who is solid on his skates and has good lateral movement in the crease. He plays a hybrid butterfly style, is very sound in his positioning and reads angles well. A strong puck handler who likes to start the play for his defensemenand has excellent reflexes, Montoya is agile enough to make difficult, acrobatic saves look routine. If he has a weakness positionally, it is that he can be too aggressive playing the puck in the corner or moving up to challenge a shooter, which can, at times, put him out of position. He does have a great deal of confidence, which allows him to bounce back after allowing a bad goal. Montoya looked good early in the 2007-08 season, but has been out since late October with a back injury.