The American Hockey League announced today that San Diego Gulls defenseman Brandon Montour has been selected as the CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month for November.
Montour notched four goals and 11 assists for 15 points in 12 games for San Diego during the month.
Montour, a second-round pick (55th overall) by the Anaheim Ducks in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, leads all AHL defensemen in scoring and is tied for fifth overall with 21 points (five goals, 16 assists) in 19 games for San Diego this season. A 21-year-old native of Brantford, Ont., Montour made his professional debut with Norfolk last spring, tallying one goal and nine assists in 14 AHL games after completing his freshman season at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
The numbers above aren’t just absurd for a 21-year old, or for a defenseman, they are plain absurd. Montour has done his duty on defense, with timely checks and a knack for clearing the puck out of the zone to keep opposing teams from getting more scoring opportunities, but it’s been his work on the offensive end that has stood out the most.
Defensemen are not supposed to be offensive threats. They’re not supposed to lead their team in points. To this point in the season, you could make the point that Brandon Montour is breaking the mold for AHL defensemen and on his way to doing the same in the NHL when the Anaheim Ducks eventually call him up.
Listen to Brandon’s interview with Scott and BR earlier this week, and listen to the Gulls take on the Bakersfield Condors on ESPN 1700AM at 7:00pm on Friday.