Florida Panthers Coaching Candidate Profile: Jim Montgomery

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Current Position: Head Coach of the University of Denver
Relation to Any Panther Players/Prospects: Henrik Borgstrom (Coach at DU); Evan Cowley (Coach at DU); Mike Matheson (USHL Coach)
Career Resume: Dubque Fighting Saints (USHL 2010-13); University of Denver (NCAA 2013-17)
League Championships: USHL (2010-11 and 2012-13); NCAA National Championship (2016-17)
Age: 47
Offensive Rating: 2/5
Defensive Rating: 5/5
Jim Montgomery is the front runner for the job. The defending NCAA champion coach, Montgomery brings some defense tools to the Panthers that they desperately need. However, he is not an offensive coach. Denver struggled to score, not even averaging 2 Goals For per game in their championship season. However, goalie Tanner Jalliet and Hobey Baker winning Defenseman William Butcher patched things up as Denver allowed less than 1 goal per game. Montgomery’s leading scorer is Panthers prospect Henrik Borgstrom. Borgstrom is very skilled but he needs to work on his defensive game. Montgomery was well respected by his players at Denver. However, the Panthers will need a better goalie and defensive core otherwise Montgomery’s tenure here will be a disaster. However, it could go either way.