Al Montoya

Posted: January 16, 2012 by Steven Ellis in New York Islanders

 

The Good: 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.  He is competitive and has plenty of confidence in his ability. A big thing that separates Montoya from Evgeni Nabokov is his ability to play the puck extremely well and can act as a third defender in the transition game. He does have a great deal of confidence, which allows him to bounce back after allowing a bad goal. He is always at his best when his positioning is sound. At 6’2, 203 pounds, Al Montoya has ideal size for an NHL goaltender. It took a while for him to get here, but he has impressed in his limited NHL experience so far.

The Bad: 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 needs to show greater consistency in order to maximize his potential as an NHL puck-stopper, which was one of the main reasons he took over 5 years to finally get NHL action. He must curb his penchant for letting in bad goals at the most inopportune times. He also needs to show greater stamina, because if he continues to play in New York, he will see a lot of ice time, due to the fact Rick Dipietro is on the IR 98% of the year.

Awards and achievements

  • 2002–03 CCHA All-Rookie Team
  • 2002–03 CCHA All-Tournament Team
  • 2003–04 CCHA Second All-Star Team
  • 2003–04 NCAA West Second All-American Team

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2000–01 Texas Tornado NAHL 15 10 3 0 780 38 0 2.92 1 1 0 60 2 0 2.00
2001–02 USNTDP NAHL 24 6 11 4 1344 79 0 3.53
2002–03 University of Michigan CCHA 43 30 10 3 2547 99 4 2.33 .911
2003–04 University of Michigan CCHA 40 26 12 2 2340 87 6 2.23 .917
2004–05 University of Michigan CCHA 40 30 7 3 2359 99 3 2.52 .895
2005–06 Charlotte Checkers ECHL 2 1 1 0 123 8 0 3.92 .875
2005–06 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 40 23 9 1 2094 91 2 2.61 .907 5 2 1 257 8 1 1.87 .932
2006–07 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 48 27 17 0 2556 98 6 2.30 .914 7 3 4 391 20 1 3.07 .873
2007–08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 31 16 8 3 1704 72 0 2.54 .908
2007–08 San Antonio Rampage AHL 14 8 6 0 789 34 1 2.59 .912 1 0 1 59 4 0 4.04 .857
2008–09 San Antonio Rampage AHL 29 7 17 2 1562 84 0 3.23 .885
2008–09 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 5 3 1 0 259 9 1 2.08 .925
2009–10 San Antonio Rampage AHL 14 4 7 1 771 34 0 2.65 .904
2010–11 San Antonio Rampage AHL 21 11 8 0 1130 60 0 3.19 .891
2010–11 New York Islanders NHL 21 9 5 5 1154 46 1 2.39 .921
NHL totals 26 12 6 5 1413 55 2 2.34 .922
AHL totals 197 96 72 7 10606 473 9 2.68 .904 13 5 6 707 32 2 2.72 .894
CCHA totals 123 86 29 6 7246 285 13 2.36 .908

International

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2004 United States WJC 6 6 0 0 360 8 2 1.33 .944
2005 United States WJC 6 3 3 0 393 22 0 3.36 .904
2009 United States WC 1 1 0 0 60 2 0 2.00 .875
2011 United States WC 4 2 1 0 208 9 0 2.60 .871

 

GPI W L OTL Min SO GA SHA GAA SV%
2011-12 NY ISLANDERS
ON PACE 32 11 9 5 1848 0 75 911 2.45 .917

 

Drafted:6th overall, 2004
New York Rangers

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