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Flames sign first-rounder Sean Monahan

Jul 22, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

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The Calgary Flames signed the most prominent of their three 2013 first-rounders on Monday, handing Sean Monahan a three-year entry-level contract.

“Getting Sean signed prior to Rookie Camp and Main Camp has always been our priority and we are very pleased to have him in the fold,” Flames GM Jay Feaster said. “From our very first interaction with him, Sean has demonstrated a seriousness of purpose and a steadfast resolve to be the very best player he can be, and his character and work ethic have continued to shine through in his preparation this summer. Not only is Sean a very good hockey player, but he is a great person as well. He had a solid showing at our recent development camp, and as we shared with him afterward, we look forward to watching him play at our rookie tournament in Penticton and then attempt to compete for a spot at main camp in Calgary.”

Calgary selected the center sixth overall. Click here to get to know the 18-year-old prospect a little better.

His contract carries a $1.775 million cap hit.

Going deeper on the details, the deal pays him $832,500 at the NHL level and $70K in the AHL. Each year includes a $92,500 signing bonus and performance bonuses up to $850K.

The Flames selected wingers Emile Poirier (22nd) and Morgan Klimchuk (28th) with their other two first-round picks, so the organization’s hope is that they took significant steps in a begrudging rebuild this summer.

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    It’s probably a safe bet that the Flames will be in the running for the top pick next summer, but I don’t think their future is as dark as others might think. They have some solid players in Baertschi, Backlund, Gaudreau, Jon Gillies, and now, Monahan. And beyond that, they have some more respectable prospects. Calgary won’t be competitive for atleast two seasons but the cupboard is no longer bare. And who knows, a few more top-10 picks could lead to a relatively fast turnaround.

    As for Monahan, he might be the most underrated player in the draft. You didn’t hear a lot about him bc of flashier players like Nichuskin. But he’s a lot like Couturier. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him make the club out of camp, especially when considering their dearth of center talent.

    • rsmaggiemae - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:44 AM

      Calgary also has Hanowski from St. Cloud State, he just played a few games at the end of the year but I am hoping he does well with the Flames. as I enjoyed watching here in minnesota

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