Monday, December 11, 2006

Montgomery Leaves OSU for OHL

Ohio State defenseman Kevin Montgomery has left Ohio State to play for the London Knights of the OHL.

There were rumors all summer that Montgomery would opt to join Buffalo-native Pat Kane in London, but Montgomery decided instead to keep his commitment to Ohio State. Apparently he didn't like things in Columbus though, and London, who kept contact with Montgomery all year, was able to convince him to move on to the OHL.


Anonymous said...

Ohio State, already struggling through a tough first half of the season that included the loss of its top returning scorer, appear set to receive another blow.

The London (Ont.) Free Press is reporting that Buckeyes freshman defenseman Kevin Montgomery is leaving the team to sign with the London Knights of the OHL.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Montgomery was a fourth-round draft choice of the NHL's Colorado Avalanche in 2006. He was also selected by London in its draft, and the article states that the two sides kept in touch.

Montgomery was a member of the U.S. National Development Program the last two years, and played on the under-18 team that won a gold medal in Sweden last spring. He was by-passed, however, for the upcoming World Junior tournament.

Unlike some other college freshman who leave for the CHL, Montgomery has been getting plenty of playing time. He has played 17 of OSU's 18 games this season, with one goal and five points.

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or does it seem that the OHL is kicking our arse in terms of recruiting/taking top players?

Anonymous said...

First Nigel Williams and now Kevin Montgomery. Total different playing time situations. Common denominator: both are draft picks of the Colorado Avs. Maybe the pro organization wants its players playing major juniors. If that is the case, maybe Michael Carman might be the next to go.

Anonymous said...

I highly doubt Gopher fans have much to fear. The trio of Kane, Gagner, and Montgomery were reportedly on a uscho thread headed to London before any of them signed or were drafted. Williams was just a playing time thing. Williams situation wasnt going to improve anytime soon and he wouldnt see significant PT until his junior season. I dout it is a Avalanche thing, TJ Hensick and Sauer are still at Michigan