To put it mildly, the six-foot-two Sean Monahan is big.
And not just in stature.
It seems like at every level he plays at, Monahan finds a way to be impressive. At the 2011 Ivan Hlinka Memorial, Monahan put up three points in five games, impressing his coach Steve Spott with his work ethic and determination.
His biggest accolade last year; however, was finishing third in scoring on the Ottawa 67’s with 78 points in 63 games, trailing just Tyler Toffoli and Shane Prince. In fact, he finished 16th in OHL scoring and was named to the OHL’s second All-Star Team. Not bad for 17-year-old.
It didn’t take long for him to continue strong into his draft season.
At the recent Canada-Russia Challenge, Monahan was one of only two 2013 draft eligible players (the other being Hunter Shinkaruk) on the roster and despite being nearly a year younger than everyone in the competition he managed an impressive three points in four games.
Though standing well over six feet and weighing in at 193-pounds, Monahan shows little evidence of having heavy feet on the ice. He has tremendous vision and hockey IQ to go along with a heavy, lethal shot according to Future Considerations scouting director Dan Stewart.
“A great blend of size and skill,” Stewart described of the Brampton product. “(Monahan) had moments where he absolutely dominated, picking up the entire 67’s team and carrying them for stretches last season even with the likes of Tyler Toffoli & Co. on the roster. He has an impressive shot and vision which make him dangerous no matter where he is on the ice.”
Monahan is the third ranked prospect in FC’s preliminary tally and retaining that position isn’t far fetched. He will need to continue his OHL success, but considering the departure of Tyler Toffoli and possibly Shane Prince – the 67’s two top scorers – Monahan will be given every opportunity to and will likely succeed.
After all, he is known to come up big.