Feb 13, 2015; Dallas, TX, USA; Florida Panthers goalie Al Montoya (35) faces the Dallas Stars attack during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Stars shut out the Panthers 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Al Montoya, G- (2004 first-round selection, sixth overall)
Once a highly-touted out of the University of Michigan, Al Montoya was selected by the Rangers and was signed to a three-year entry-level contract. He would spend most of his time in the AHL with Hartford. He compiled a 66-34-4 record, with eight shutouts.
Before turning professional, he played three seasons with the Wolverines in Ann Arbor, where he found much success. Montoya won 86 games in his college career, with his best season coming 2004-2005 where he went 30-7-3 with three shutouts.
Montoya went on to represent the U.S. in the World Junior Championships, winning gold in 2004.
He wouldn’t see Madison Square Garden ice with the Rangers. Due to a certain Swedish goalie named Henrik Lundqvist (selected in the seventh round of the 2000 Entry Draft), Montoya became expendable and was soon traded to the then-Phoenix Coyotes. He would go on to play with two other teams (New York Islanders, Winnipeg Jets). He is currently playing behind starting goalie Roberto Luongo with the Florida Panthers.
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