Spotlight on the Opponent: Sean Monahan

What: Calgary at Detroit
When: Thursday, December 19, 7:30pm (TV: FSD)


Just two days ago, the Winged Wheeler put the opponent spotlight on 43 year-old Teemu Selanne.

Today, it’s someone who could easily be Selanne’s son—in terms of age, that is.

Sean Monahan is 19 years old but he isn’t playing like it. There’s a veteran’s goal-scoring touch emerging already.

Monahan has 10 goals in 27 games this season for the Calgary Flames, who made the center their first round draft pick (6th overall) in the 2013 entry draft.

The 10 goals is good enough to tie Monahan for the Flames’ team lead, along with fellow center Mike Cammalleri. Monahan has six assists, and his 16 points are tied with D Kris Russell for second place on the team, behind points leader Jiri Hudler (remember him?), who has 9 goals and 21 assists.

So how is this Brampton, ON native getting it done so far?

Well, first, Monahan is probably thankful for remaining in the Flames lineup, given what happened to him the other night in Boston.

Monahan was checked from behind and boarded by the Bruins’ Brad Marchand, a hit that did not result in a suspension, which irritates the Flames.

“(Marchand)’s a dirty player,” Flames LW Curtis Glencross told after the game.

Monahan has already suffered a hairline fracture to his foot, an injury in late-November that caused him to miss a few games.

Monahan was listed as the #5 prospect in North America, according to many scouting think tanks. He was drafted from the OHL, where he played for the Ottawa 67s.

Ever confident, Monahan declared that he was ready to play in the NHL right away, which he proved after making the team in training camp.

Monahan didn’t waste any time getting started on his NHL career, tallying an assist on opening night against Washington, then scoring his first NHL goal one night later against Columbus.

With the exception of the foot injury, Monahan hasn’t really stopped scoring, though his six assists are a little low for a top three center at this point in the season.

Monahan wears no. 23 for the Flames.

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