The Sens are ready to take the next stephttps://t.co/g2jWezbBaR
– RDS (@RDSca) September 1, 2023
At the time, no one really believed that the Quebecer would one day fight for the number-one goaltender position in Montreal… And almost two years later, that’s the scenario we’re witnessing right now.
In fact, according to some, he’s already won the role. I’m part of the group, by the way.
But when we talk about him, it’s always the same question that comes up. What’s Monty‘s potential?
We’ve all seen how the goalkeeper has progressed over the past year. He had a great time last season in Montreal, with a club that finished in the bottom half of the NHL standings. He also impressed at the World Championship, being, in the eyes of many, the best goalkeeper in the competition.
After all, he led Canada to gold as the team’s best player .
It’s a bit difficult to make up one’s mind about the situation because everyone’s opinion is different.
That’s why, when a goalkeeping coach talks about himself, I like to listen to his comments. The latest to do so… is Jimmy Waite (Blackhawks), and he thinks the world of him, let’s put it this way:
I think it was a good move to go to the CDM. I think it may have confirmed for him that he’s one of the elite. Let’s face it: he’s really had an incredible season and he’s beaten everyone’s predictions. – Jimmy Waite
Chicago Blackhawks goaltending coach Jimmy Waite had some excellent words for Samuel Montembeault.💪
To listen to his full interview with @MartinLemay: https://t.co/XfuZNGfnCy pic.twitter.com/ZQuTWgiwBK
– BPM Sports (@BPMSportsRadio) August 31, 2023
Yes, Monty’s had a great year and yes, he’s showing superb signs of progression over the past 18 months. But he doesn’t have the numbers of an elite NHL goalie (yet) and he doesn’t have elite NHL goalie status yet.
If that happens, so much the better. All CH fans will be thrilled to see a home-grown kid perform like that, especially since he’s wearing a Montreal Canadiens jersey.
But we have to take it one step at a time. It’s not a good season and a good World Championship that can describe him as one of the best players in his position.
Let’s wait and see what he’s really capable of. After all, he’s only played 78 games for the CH…
– Well, I hope so.
– Great read on the Capitals captain.
Alex Ovechkin talks fighting:
– His philosophy on dropping the gloves
– His most heated bout
– How fighting and enforcers have changed since he was a rookie https://t.co/eKpjbz6vlv
– RMNB (@rmnb) September 1, 2023
– Nicklas Backstrom isn’t thinking about retirement just yet.
” I still have a lot to give. “‘
Nicklas Backstrom had his first full summer of training in years, and he’s out to prove to the Capitals that he can still be an impact player in the NHL.
On his summer & expectations, with thoughts from Backstrom & more📝:https://t.co/ikT2Crqehm
– Sammi Silber 🏒 (@sammisilber) September 1, 2023
– He’ll have to fight for his position.
It’s another opportunity to make his mark in the NBA for the 25-year-old pivot. https://t.co/GEH1isteCN
– AlleyOop360 (@AlleyOop360) September 1, 2023
– Makes sense.