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Montoya's bright future may light NHL

Updated: September 17, 2004, 6:40 PM ET
By Mike Eidelbes | Special to ESPN.com

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The overriding theme of the 2004 NHL draft was simple.

"It's all Montoya, all the time," said one media member to another.

The scribe was referring, of course, to University of Michigan goaltender Al Montoya, who was taken by the New York Rangers with the sixth overall pick. And why not? Motion picture studios would likely reject an option to produce a film on his life because it sounds so maudlin.

Montoya left his home in suburban Chicago before he could drive, ...

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