The latest in a series of profiles on top prospects for the 2013 NHL draft focuses on center Sean Monahan of the Ontario Hockey League’s Ottawa 67’s.
Weight: 187 pounds
2012-13 Team: Ottawa (OHL)
Born: October 12, 1994
Birthplace: Brampton, Ontario
|NHL Central Scouting||5th North American skaters|
|International Scouting Services||9th all skaters|
|Red Line Report||6th overall|
|The Hockey News||7th overall|
|McKeen’s Hockey||11th overall|
|Hockey Prospectus||7th overall|
Led Ottawa (OHL) in scoring with 78 points (31 goals, 47 assists) in 58 games. Missed 10 games due to a suspension for an illegal hit to the head. Ranked as second best playmaker, second smartest player, third best stickhandler and third best in faceoffs in OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll. Named co-captain of Ottawa prior to season. Attended Canada’s World Junior selection camp, but was among the first players cut.
Registered 78 points (33 goals, 45 assists) in 62 games for Ottawa 67’s of the OHL in 2011-12. … Picked up 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) in 18 playoff games as Ottawa advanced to 2012 OHL conference finals. … Ranked tenth among OHL rookies in scoring for the 2010-11 season, registering 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) in 65 games. … Recorded 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) in 4 games for Ottawa during 2011 OHL playoffs.
“The game before the woeful Ottawa 67’s were eliminated from playoff contention, Monahan went hard into the boards and injured his back. The team didn’t even bring his equipment to practice the next day, but he played hurt the next game and scored twice. That kind of character goes a long way, particularly when combined with good hockey sense and an ability to create offense. Monahan is not regarded as a great skater, but he gets around well enough to play in the NHL. ‘There’s nothing about Sean Monahan that wows you,’ a scout said, ‘but the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. He’s a No. 1 center.’ The only blemishes on his record this season were a suspension and not making Canada’s WJC team. Scouts insist he makes those around him better – it was just difficult to notice on the OHL’s worst team.” – The Hockey News Draft Guide 2013
“Monohan’s vision off the rush is right up there with the best in this year’s draft class, he shows incredible vision, poise and creativity to create scoring chances. Sean has the ability to find his teammates anywhere in the offensive zone, truly jaw dropping puck mover. He uses every inch of his frame when protecting the puck and shows great poise when in possession of the puck. On the puck pursuit and backcheck he has shown a knack for forcing turnovers with applied pressure and great stickwork. Fine tuning his stride and consistent game pace will be crucial in making a much more seamless transition into the pro game.” – International Scouting Services 2013 Draft Guide
“He is gifted enough that in most years he would be a top three overall pick. Has all the tools you look for in a legitimate #1 centre: excellent size, a smooth, deceptive stride, great stickhandling skills, and tremendous creativity and passing touch. Is able to hold onto the puck that extra split second, drawing checkers to him and then finding his wingers with perfectly placed feeds. Has shown great character this year, persevering through very trying times. Does the little things well.” – Red Line Report