The Florida Panthers have signed goaltender Sam Montembeault to a new one-year, two-way contract. Montembeault is one of a few restricted free agents the Panthers still have to sign before the start of the 2020-21 campaign.
Now 24, Montembeault has still yet to really prove he can handle an NHL workload but comes into the season as the third-string option in Florida. Through 25 NHL appearances, he has posted an .892 save percentage but was overtaken by Chris Driedger last season as the backup for Sergei Bobrovsky. Though his new deal is a two-way contract, it seems likely that Montembeault serves as the taxi squad goaltender in Florida unless they bring in a more veteran option.
Originally picked in the third round of the 2015 draft, Montembeault still has all the raw ability to take the next step. Should the Panthers face injury or the inconsistent play Bobrovsky showed last season, perhaps he’ll get a chance to show what he can do in 2021.