Brandon Montour
Brandon Montour
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
Buffalo Sabres
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Montour's 2018-19 season was a mixed bag. While he scored a career-high 35 points between the Ducks and Sabres, the 25-year-old blueliner's three-point increase compared to 2017-18 was accompanied by some drops elsewhere. His rating fell from plus-16 to minus-20, and Montour's power-play production was halved from 12 points to six. Montour will have a hard time carving out meaningful power-play minutes with Rasmus Dahlin and Rasmus Ristolainen ahead of him on the blue-line pecking order, but he can still be a valuable asset on the back end for a hopeful Buffalo team. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract with the Ducks in July of 2018.
Tallies first point
DBuffalo Sabres
November 9, 2019
Montour registered an assist in Saturday's loss to Tampa.
ANALYSIS
Montour played in just his third game for the Sabres this season. He picked up his first point of the year by setting up the opening goal of the game. The Sabres don't play again until Nov. 14 as they make their way back from Sweden. Upon returning they'll play four games in six nights, giving Montour plenty of opportunities to get fully back up to speed.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    18:14
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    0:01
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:30
 
Ice Time
Power Play
Short-Handed
2017–18
20:28
2:15
1:12
2018–19
22:40
1:57
1:57
2018–19
21:46
1:23
0:48
2019–20
18:14
0:01
1:30
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
Montour finished his first full NHL season with nine goals, 32 points (12 on the power play) and 160 shots on goal in 80 games. In turn, the Ducks rewarded Montour with two more years under contract at $3.388 million annually. The 24-year-old's power-play ability is what sets him apart from Josh Manson as the team's top right-handed defenseman, and the Ducks could desperately use an uptick from Manson -- they finished 23rd in the league by converting 17.8 percent of their opportunities with the man advantage. Montour is a value add in deeper leagues and should be on the top of lists if he's still (somehow) available in keeper formats.
With 89 points (25 goals) through 104 AHL games over the past two seasons, Montour's future is bright. He's currently being deployed as a depth defenseman and watches from the press box some nights, which makes this a sneaky time to buy low on the promising youngster. While Montour is likely still a year or two away from being a reliable asset in yearly settings, don't be surprised if he immediately shines once he's handed a larger role.
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Returning to lineup against Isles
DBuffalo Sabres
Hand
November 2, 2019
Montour (hand) will suit up versus the Islanders on Saturday.
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Eyeing return Saturday
DBuffalo Sabres
Hand
November 1, 2019
Montour (hand) will not play in Friday's contest against the Capitals, but the team remains optimistic he will slot back in Saturday when the Sabres host the Islanders, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
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Will embark on road trip
DBuffalo Sabres
Hand
October 30, 2019
Montour (hand) will travel with the team for Friday's game against the Capitals, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
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Closing in on return
DBuffalo Sabres
Hand
October 28, 2019
Montour (hand) won't play in Monday's game against the Coyotes but is close to returning, Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports.
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Upgraded Sunday
DBuffalo Sabres
Hand
October 27, 2019
Montour (hand) still resides on injured reserve, but had his status upgraded to day-to-day by the team Sunday.
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