“But in a matter of two months here, the beginning of his second year living in the States, he really started to pick up the nuances of language,” Montgomery said.
Girgensons picked up the nuances of the North American game quickly, too. Montgomery has compared him to a “Canadian kid.”
“It’s because of the way he plays the game, the passion he plays it with,” he said. “That was obvious from the first shift we saw him take in training camp.”
Montgomery sees similarities in Girgensons and Rod Brind’Amour, a notoriously hard worker he played with in Philadelphia.
“I think they both share the same drive and focus,” he said. “Sometimes I’d be amazed at Rod Brind’Amour, like how much extra he did, and then I watched Zemgus and he does more than anybody else. I don’t know where the energy level comes from.”