Sean Monahan Profile
Sean MonahanHt/Wt: 6' 2"/186 lbs
Team: Ottawa (OHL)
Sean Monahan's Player ProfileMonahan 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.
Submitted by: Corey Pronman of Hockey Prospectus. Click here for Pronman's draft rankings
Strengths Ė Monahan is one of the best offensive players in this yearís draft class and had he been born a few months earlier, he would have been considered for a top-5 selection last year. Undoubtedly Monahanís 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 heís 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. Heís one of those players that if given time and space, heís near impossible to stop as he can beat you in so many different ways. While Monahanís not a physical player, heís 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 heís really starting to become a guy who can play in all situations.
Weaknesses Ė Monahanís overall skating ability is good but if he could gain a little more explosiveness in his stride it could help him turn into a star at the next level. He doesnít need to be physical to be effective and thatís not his style of play but Iíd like to see him be a little more physical given his big frame.
Career Projection Ė Second line (#2) center Ė Monahan has the potential to be a top line center but Iíll play it safe and project him to be an above average 2nd line center. That said, if he ever gets a little more explosiveness in his stride and continues to develop as he has over the last couple he years he could certainly turn into the No. 1 center almost every team needs.
Submitted by: Todd Cordell of The Hockey Guys - May 1st 2013
If Sean Monahan was born a few months earlier, itís very possible he could have contended for a Top 3 selection at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. As a result of a late birthday, heíll have a more difficult time cracking the Top 5. But donít see that as an issue for Monahan, a player who has dealt with far more adversity with a rebuilding 67ís squad this year.
The rangy pivot wonít wow you with his foot speed or skating stride, but his ability to control the game and an emerging defensive game are traits that scream NHL Top 6 forward. The 6-foot-2 centre has a unique ability to make those around him better and his offensive vision and patience are top notch. For any team outside the Top 5, Monahan would be a great prize to land.
Submitted by: The Scouting Report
A gifted centre, Sean Monahan is the OHL's highest-ranked prospect for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft and with good reason. He has all the skills needed to be a dominant NHL player, such as solid two-way play, efficacy in the faceoff circle, offensive brilliance and superlative on-ice leadership. Even though the Ottawa 67's have struggled this year, Monahan has not and he has surely done nothing more than to prove just how fantastic a player he really is. While his ranking may have slipped, he could surely find his way back up to the top five. Monahan has been stellar throughout his OHL career, which is a year longer than most in his draft class due to his late October birthdate. He scored twenty goals as a rookie and he found himself in the top 20 of league scoring as a sophomore. Monahan's skating is very fluid and he is adept at playing in all situations. He does not do anything flashy, opting to keep his game simple. Monahan is given high accolades by teammates and coaches alike; the 67's management find him to be the future of their franchise. Monahan has built a reputation on being a clutch performer already in his career, indicated by scoring a gold-medal winning goal at the World Under-17s and other key goals in Ottawa. With Tyler Graovac and Cody Ceci been traded, it is up to Monahan to help lead a young group in the Nation's Capital and he is doing just that as their now full-time captain. He is one of the more complete players going into the draft and he will be yet another OHL star player going in the first round.
Submitted by: Margann Laurissa - updated Feb. 4th
Sean Monahan is a big,strong two-way forward currently playing for the Ottawa 67's in the OHL. He has a late birthday which makes him eligible for the 2013 Draft, so he has tons of experience already in the highly skilled OHL. Heading into his third season in the OHL,expectations will be high for Monahan since the 67's will be losing their top scorers in Tyler Toffoli and Shane Prince. He'll be expected to carry much of the work load offensively, but he's proved he can hold his own after posting 20 goals and 47 points in 65 games in his rookie season and 33 goals and 78 points in 62 regular season games this past season. Considered a top 5 pick at this point but could make a case for himself to be the first overall pick this year if he can improve on his numbers, and continue to be the highly skilled, two-way force he already is.
Submitted by: Bradley of PuckCentralHQ
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ISS Top 30#5 Sean Monahan @monahan20Big bodied, versatile Foward. Lethal scoring ability & awareness in all zones. Leads by example.— ISS Hockey (@ISShockey) December 12, 2012
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