Joel Ward

Ducks defenseman Brandon Montour makes his mark

Ducks defenseman Brandon Montour makes his mark

As unappetizing as the prospect of starting the season without defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Sami Vatanen is for the Ducks, Brandon Montour has shown it’s not cause for panic.

Montour ranked second in ice time to fellow defenseman Cam Fowler in Thursday night’s 3-0 exhibition victory over the San Jose Sharks, illustrating why the Ducks take heart in biding time for Lindholm and Vatanen, who are progressing from offseason shoulder surgeries.

Lindholm practiced with the team for the first time Wednesday.

Montour’s “a young kid who’s going to continue to have to improve … [and the heavy minutes are] part of the process,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said after Montour...

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