The Edmonton Oilers have the 7th overall selection in the 2013 entry draft, and one of the most attractive options for that pick is Ottawa 67′s C Sean Monahan. He stood out on an Ottawa 67′s team that struggled this year with a 16-46-6 record. He scored 31 goals and 78 points in 58 games – 27 more points than the team’s next leading scorer.
- Corey Pronman: 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. He controls play from the perimeter on the power play. He is patient, creative, and he does not simply rely on one dimension, either. He has good puck skills; while they still lag behind his hockey sense, he can make some defensemen miss. Monahan possesses good size (in order to shoulder off checks). If defenders try to overplay the pass, he has a great shot, and he can finish from medium range if given the chance. His skating is fairly average. He is not a total liability on his feet, but his skating stands out as the least impressive aspect of his game. Monahan projects as a quality defensive center, capable of winning faceoffs consistently. He does not have a clear developmental weakness in his game, which bodes well for a team that may be looking for him to make the transition to the NHL within a year or two.
- Todd Cordell: Strengths – Monahan is one of the best offensive players in this year’s draft class and had he been born a few months earlier, he would have been considered for a top-5 selection last year. Undoubtedly Monahan’s best attributes are his playmaking ability and vision. He sees the ice very well, understands the game and always finds a way to get the puck on a teammates stick. Though he’s a pass first player, he does have a good shot and knows how to put the puck in the back of the net. I think his shot is very underrated and is one of the better aspects of his game. Monahan also has good hands, overall puck skills and is lethal on the power play. He’s one of those players that if given time and space, he’s near impossible to stop as he can beat you in so many different ways. While Monahan’s not a physical player, he’s not scared of contact and knows how to use his size to help him be more effective in the faceoff circle and to help create space for himself and his teammates. His defensive play is getting better and better, too, and he’s really starting to become a guy who can play in all situations.
- Craig Button: Sean’s skills may not be flashy but they are very good with a mind that is exceptional. His skating is very good but what he does so well is change speeds and keep opponents off balance. He recognizes opportunities very quickly and is able to take full advantage of them. Very good touch around the net with an accurate shot and a deceptive approach. A very consistent player, who makes others around him better. He is a very balanced player who performs when it counts.
- Team Canada coach Steve Spott on Monahan: “his hockey sense, in my mind, is at a National Hockey League level right now. He has elite hockey sense. He is just one of those players who can play in any situation – 5-on-5, 5-on-4, on your [penalty kill]. Sean has that innate ability. He is going to be an elite NHL player. There is no doubt about that.”
- Chris Edwards, Central Scouting: “His production probably would be quite a bit more if he had somebody who could finish for him. He gets pucks through traffic, has real good hands, real good play-making ability. He’s got an excellent shot, gets it off real quick and gets himself involved in battles for pucks. He’s used in every situation, double- and triple-shifted at times.”
SEAN MONAHAN CENTER 6.02, 187
DESJARDINS NHLE FORWARDS (per 82 gp)
- Jonathan Drouin, Halifax (QMJHL) 19-30-49
- Sasha Barkov, Tappere Tampere (SM-Liiga) 18-22-40
- Elias Lindholm, Brynas (SEL) 15-25-40
- Nathan MacKinnon, Halifax (QMJHL) 17-22-39
- Max Domi, London (OHL) 15-18-33
- Hunter Shinkaruk, Medicine Hat (WHL) 14-19-33
- Sean Monahan, Ottawa (OHL) 13-20-33
- Anthony Mantha, Val d’or (QMJHL) 17-13-30
- Valeri Nichushkin, Chelyabinsk Traktor (KHL) 20-10-30
- Adam Erne, Quebec (QMJHL) 9-15-24
- Curtis Lazar, Edmonton (WHL) 13-8-21
Today at 10am on Team 1260, it’s the Lowdown with Lowetide. Scheduled to appear:
- Rob Soria from Oil Drop. We’ll talk WHC, Oil Kings and Oilers
- Kent Simpson, color commentator for the Edmonton Oil Kings broadcasts on Team 1260. Kent will give us his take on the Oil Kings season and we’ll talk about what the team might look like next year.
- Jeff Krushell from Krush Sports Performance. Jeff and I will discuss Leafs-Bruins, Boogaard and more.
- AJ Jakubec, play by play man for the Ottawa 67′s. We’ll talk Sean Monahan, Bo Horvat, Max Domi and Nikita Zadorov.
- Eric Rodgers from the OKC Barons. Eric will give us an update on the strong post-season performance of Barons Toni Rajala, Martin Marincin, Anton Lander, Teemu Hartikainen and others.
Lowetide_ on twitter, 101260 for text and we’ll have some open line time this morning too. Hope you can tune in!