For the first time since 2016, a Marylander was selected in the NHL Draft. Bryce Montgomery had his named selected by the Carolina Hurricanes at pick 170. The Bowie native, currently playing with the London Knights, came up through the Washington Little Capitals and Team Maryland programs, while spending a brief time at DeMatha Catholic.
Scouting reports on Montgomery is that he has all the tools a ready-made NHLer needs with his size and speed, with varied opinion on other things. However, many believe he was undervalued in the draft and will be considered a steal at the 170th overall pick.
One of the things that really hindered Montgomery’s exposure this season was the lack of an OHL season due to the pandemic. While training is one thing for a player, in-game scenarios and actual play is another for scouts. Montgomery did participate in the FloHockey PBHH Invitational that was put on for junior players for scouts to see them in a showcase aspect.
Montgomery becomes the 10th player from Maryland to be drafted into the NHL. Others include Graham McPhee, Jeremy Duchense, Jeff Brubaker, Jarred Tinordi, Steve Shirreffs, Tyler Scott, Steve Scheifele, Tim Chase, and Jason Kostadine. In the link above from WTOP that Ben Raby put out, Montgomery talks about his pride when it comes to being from the area.
“Maryland is my home and the D.C. area — that’s where I was born,” Montgomery said to Raby. “I take great pride in being able to represent my area. I have a long road to go still, but I’m thankful to be one of the main representatives from our area for hockey.”
Here’s hoping that a full season in the OHL next year will provide Montgomery the space for him to shine through and prove himself as a sleeper pick for this draft and a big steal for Carolina. There’s still work to be done, as there’s plenty of top-tier talent on the blueline in Carolina’s system; it’s a matter of honing his skill in the next few years to really set himself apart from the field.