To the surprise of virtually no one, the Calgary Flames decided Wednesday that Sean Monahan would stay with the big club beyond the nine-game trial period for rookies. At the nine-game cutoff, the sixth pick in the 2013 Draft led the team with six goals on 21 shots to go with three assists, and since goals and assists are the only way to judge a hockey player, he was not returned to the OHL’s Ottawa 67′s.
This is, of course, a very shortsighted move by the Flames that can only benefit Monahan, but could also hurt him in the long-term as well.
Judging a just-turned-19-year-old on a mere nine games isn’t easy, but the underlying numbers people either love or hate make it plain to see that Monahan is very likely to hit a wall. This has been hashed out to death, but here are some of the highlights from Monahan’s first nine games courtesy of extraskater.com: Read the rest of this entry »