San Diego Gulls defenseman Brandon Montour
was named to the 2015-16 AHL First All-Star Team, as voted by coaches, players and media in each of the league’s 30 member cities, the American Hockey League announced today.
Selected by Anaheim in the second round (55th overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft, Montour ranks third among all AHL rookies and ranks second among all defensemen in scoring this season, with 12-43--55 points in 64 games for playoff-bound San Diego. The 21-year-old native of Brantford, Ont., also leads the entire league in power-play scoring, contributing a point on 30 of the Gulls’ 51 power-play goals on the year. Montour, who turned pro last spring after completing his freshman season at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, is the first rookie blueliner named to the First All-Star Team since Justin Schultz and Sami Vatanen in 2012-13.2015-16 AHL First All-Star Team (stats through Apr. 6)
Goaltender - Peter Budaj, Ontario Reign (57gp, 39-14-4, 1.75gaa, .931sv%, 9so)
Defenseman - T.J. Brennan, Toronto Marlies (67gp, 24+43=67pts., +36, 8 PPG)Defenseman - Brandon Montour, San Diego Gulls (64gp, 12+43=55pts., 30 PP pts.)
Left Wing - Chris Bourque, Hershey Bears (67gp, 28+45=73pts., +12, 9 PPG, 5 GWG)
Center - Frank Vatrano, Providence Bruins (33gp, 33+16=49pts., +17, 12 PPG)
Right Wing - Seth Griffith, Providence Bruins (51gp, 22+45=67pts., +12, 4 GWG)2015-16 AHL Second All-Star Team (stats through Apr. 6)
Goaltender - Matt Murray, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (31gp, 20-9-1, 2.10gaa, .931sv%, 4so)
Defenseman - Will O'Neill, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (68gp, 8+38=46pts., +3, 4 PPG)
Defenseman - Robbie Russo, Grand Rapids Griffins (65gp, 5+34=39pts., +47)
Left Wing - Mikko Rantanen, San Antonio Rampage (48gp, 22+35=57pts., +19, 4 GWG)
Center - Dustin Jeffrey, Springfield Falcons/WBS Penguins (58gp, 19+41=60pts., +10, 3 GWG)
Right Wing - Mike Sislo, Albany Devils (54gp, 27+25=52pts., +16, 14 PPG)
Each All-Star Team member will receive a custom-designed crystal award in recognition of his selection to the 2015-16 AHL First and Second All-Star Teams.