Montana Onyebuchi signs amateur tryout deal with AHL’s San Jose Barracuda | Radio NL
As we told you last week, Blazers defenseman Montana Onyebuchi is already on his young hockey career.
The 21-year-old Dugald, Man. Native has signed an amateur test deal with the San Jose Barracuda, the AHL branch of the San Jose Sharks. General manager Joe Will said the intention was to sign a contract with Onyebuchi (and former Portland Winterhawks defenseman Nick Cicek) for next season.
“It’s going to be a good experience to have pro games under my belt and try to qualify for the big leagues,” Onyebuchi said on the Blazers post-game show after their last game of the season. WHL season.
“I worked really hard this summer, I didn’t even come home for Christmas, I wanted it so badly so it’s great.”
In 20 games with the Blazers in 2021, the six-foot-three defenseman has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists), 38 penalty minutes and an over four rating. In 258 games with the Blazers and Everett Silvertips, Onyebuchi racked up 75 points (19 goals, 56 assists), with 440 penalty minutes and a plus-39 score.
“Nick and Montana are both great physical players who have dramatically improved their skating during their time at the juniors,” Will said in a statement. “They have each taken on leadership roles with their respective teams this season and we look forward to helping them pursue their goals in the NHL.
On Friday night, the Barracuda begin a best-of-three series against the Henderson Silver Knights, a team that includes former Blazers captain Jermain Loewen.
However, there will be no Blazers reunion because Loewen has been suspended for four games for a cutting incident in the Silver Knights’ regular season finale against Bakersfield.
– Jon Keen (@JonKeenNLSports) May 13, 2021