Brandon Montour
Brandon Montour
25-Year-Old DefensemanD
Buffalo Sabres
DL
Injury Hand
Est. Return 10/22/2019
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.
Still out for a while
DBuffalo Sabres
Hand
October 9, 2019
Montour (hand) is expected to miss three more weeks, Lance Lyskowski of The Buffalo News reports.
ANALYSIS
The Sabres are off to a strong start at 2-0-1, but they still have a few questions on defense and could use Montour back for the long haul, as he's a versatile blueliner that should fill out the top four nicely. It sounds like they'll have to wait awhile for his first appearance of the season.
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2019–20 Time On Ice Stats
 
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
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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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Out 3-4 weeks
DBuffalo Sabres
Hand
October 2, 2019
Montour is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks due to a hand injury.
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A few weeks away from returning
DBuffalo Sabres
Hand
October 1, 2019
Montour (hand) will remain sidelined for a few more weeks, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
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Will miss rest of preseason
DBuffalo Sabres
Hand
September 19, 2019
Montour will miss the rest of Buffalo's preseason schedule due to a hand injury.
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Back to full health
DBuffalo Sabres
September 13, 2019
Montour has fully recovered from his MCL injury, John Vogl of The Athletic reports.
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MCL spain
DBuffalo Sabres
Knee
May 16, 2019
Montour suffered a sprained MCL during the 2019 IIHF World Championship, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.
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