UMass incoming defenseman Brandon Montour picked in the second round of NHL draft Saturday
Brandon Montour will enter UMass as the highest drafted hockey player in school history.
The Anaheim Ducks selected Montour, a defenseman from Oshwegen, Ontario, in the second round, 55th overall, in the NHL draft Saturday.
Under NHL draft rules, a team that selects a player retains that player’s rights until the end of his college career. Montour, who will be a freshman this fall, is still expected to attend UMass rather than turn pro.
Montour was taken 17 spots ahead of goalie Jonathan Quick, who was selected 72nd overall by the Los Angeles Kings in 2005. Quick led the Kings to their second Stanley Cup during his tenure earlier this month.
Montour was picked higher than his scouting ranking. He was the No. 92 North American skater (non-goalie) on NHL Central Scouting last rankings.
Montour is a 6-foot, 172-pound, puck-moving defenseman, a position coveted at every level, including the NHL. He played for Waterloo of the United States Hockey League in 2013-14 and produced better than a point per game with 14 goals and 48 assists in 60 games. His 62 points were the most by a defenseman in the USHL and his plus-35 plus/minus rating was sixth among all players in the league.
Montour had 67 points (18 goals, 49 assists) in 49 games for Caledonia of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League in 2012-13.
Ben Gallacher, who was a fourth-round pick of the Florida Panthers in 2010, is the only current Minuteman to have been drafted. Twenty-one UMass players have been picked in the NHL draft since the program was reinstated in 1993.