The Panthers announced today that they’ve signed Samuel Montembeault to a 3-year, entry-level contract. The 19-year old goaltender was drafted by the Panthers in the 3rd round of the 2015 Draft and is already regarded as the top prospect between the pipes in the entire organization.
Montembeault just recently wrapped up his 3rd season in the QMJHL with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, a team which he practically carried from the beginning of the year until the end. Despite the Armanda finishing as the 6th-worst team in the league, Montembeault had the 6th-best goals-against average and save percentage in the league at 2.63 and .901 respectively while also recording 3 shutouts. The Armada ended the year allowing the 4th-fewest goals in the entire league thanks to mostly in part to Montembeault, however they were handicapped by having the QMJHL’s 2nd-worst offense after losing several key scorers to graduation at the start of the season.
After making the playoffs by the skin of their teeth, the Armada completed the biggest upset in league history after they defeated the 2nd-best team in the league, the Vald’Or Foreurs, 4-2 in the first round series. Montembeault secured the series victory with a double OT, 56-save performance in game 6 allowing the Armada to advance to the second round. The Quebec-native’s goals-against average of 2.58 is the 2nd-highest in QMJHL history behind Ondrej Pavelec (2.52 GAA).
Overall, Montembeault has the best chance out of all of the Panthers’ goalie prospects to be a starting goaltender in the NHL, and the organization certainly hopes that he turns into that. Back in February, we did an in-depth profile on Montembeault, so you’ll want to check that out if you’re interested in learning more about him and his style.