We’re back with our latest edition of our 2013 first rounders series. Today, Calgary’s Sean Monahan is in the spotlight, as we break down Monahan’s draft, season, and future with the Flames.
When and Where was he drafted?
Sean Monahan earned his spot in the NHL draft with his hard work with the Ottawa 67’s of the OHL. In the 2011-2012 season, Monahan notched 78 points, and was the team’s representative on the All-Scholastic team.
However, the next season was not as successful for the 67’s. After winning three straight East division titles between 2010 and 2012, the 67’s lost several of their most talented players, causing them to enter a stage of rebuilding. This had drastic effects on the team, as they finished in last place the year before the draft.
However, Monahan was able to carry his stats from the previous year over, despite the poor team play, and finished with 78 points once again. During this time, he also served as the team’s captain, sharing it with his teammate, Cody Ceci, until Ceci was traded midway through the season.
Following the 2012-2013 season, Monahan was one of the top ranked players headed into the draft. He was selected sixth overall by the Calgary Flames.
Last season, Monahan saw his fair share of success with the Calgary Flames. He earned a spot with the team to begin the season, and set his position in stone rather quickly, after tallying an assist in his NHL debut, and notching a goal the following night. He then went on to score six goals in his first nine games, locking his position up with Calgary.
Monahan continued to succeed with the Flames, and ended the season with 34 points in 75 games (22 goals, 12 assists), with only 8 penalty minutes on the season. Calgary failed to make the playoffs, so we’ve yet to see Monahan in the postseason (in the NHL, that is).
Monahan tallied both goals for the Flames in their 2-1 overtime victory over Edmonton.
Thoughts on Last Season
Monahan quickly proved that his good scouting report wasn’t lying. Throughout the season, he used his play-making and intelligence to get where he needed to be, and finished off with his excellent skill.
Obviously, Calgray was happy with what they saw in Monahan, and opted to keep him with the NHL team, and I see no reason why his numbers can’t get higher for next season after having a year’s worth of experience under his belt.
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