Player: Sean Monahan
Drafted By: Calgary Flames (6th overall)
Final Central Scouting Ranking: No. 5 North American skater
Height/Weight: 6'2'', 187 lbs
DOB: October 12, 1994 (18 years old)
Most Recent Affiliation: OHL, Ottawa 67’s
Sean Monahan is an energetic two-way center who was one of the only bright spots for a terrible Ottawa 67's team in 2012-13. Monahan finished his third junior season with 31 goals and 47 assists for 78 points.
It was an improvement from his 2011-12 season, as he scored the same amount of points in four fewer games. This year was also a huge developmental season for Monahan. Because of his late birthday, he was able to get in another year of experience while still declaring for the draft as an 18-year-old.
Monahan was named captain of the 67’s this year, and he had the tough task of leading a team that had been depleted of veterans. Even though it was a down year for the 67's, Monahan showed poise and composure as a young leader.
Full Scouting Report
Of all the top prospects who could go in the top 10, Monahan is the best two-way forward. Monahan has tremendous vision, a lethal shot and offensive skills. In addition to his offensive proficiency, Monahan also has strengths on the defensive side of the puck. Monahan is a hound on the puck, he always has an active stick while on the ice and he is a sound positional player.
Monahan impressed a ton of scouts and writers this year, and Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus was one of them.
Monahan is a smart two-way player who has shined in the OHL over the past two seasons. His ability as an offensive playmaker is high end, as he has tremendous instincts, displaying the ability to make quality passes. Monahan regularly shows the ability to slow the game down.
The only knock on Monahan is that he isn’t a fluid skater, but he has time to perfect his stride before he makes his NHL debut.
NHL Player Comparison
Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild. Monahan leads by example as a two-way player, and he excels at both offense and defense at a high-end level.
Monahan could step into the NHL at the beginning of the 2013-14 season because of his maturity and composure. He missed the cutoff for the 2012 draft because of his late birthday, and that extra OHL time will put him on the fast track to becoming an NHL player.
Ideally, Monahan will be a good second-line center. He has the tools to be successful, but he isn't as explosive as Nathan MacKinnon. He is almost like Derek Stepan of the New York Rangers, but he has more offensive skill. He should at the very least be a 65-point player, but he could a player in the mold of Patrice Bergeron or Ryan Kesler.