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Video: Decision to keep or send down rookie Monahan looms for Flames

Oct 22, 2013, 2:18 AM EDT

Sean Monahan isn’t making this easy for the Calgary Flames.

The 19-year-old rookie scored his sixth goal of the season in the Flames’ 3-2 win over the L.A. Kings on Monday. Calgary’s first-round pick, sixth overall, in this year’s draft played in his eighth game, which is important because he is ever-so-close to the nine-game mark.

The Flames can send him back down to junior after his ninth game and it won’t burn a year of his entry-level contract.

Roger Millions of Sportsnet tweeted out that his understanding is after Monahan plays his ninth game, which would be Tuesday in Phoenix, that the Flames will make a decision on him the following day.

But that decision is proving to be a very difficult one. Monahan has nine points, and on Monday he played 21 minutes and 11 seconds – that is by far the most ice time he’s received in any of the eight games he’s played at the NHL level.

And he seems to be leaving quite an impression.

“He’s fun to coach. He’s fun to have around. He’s a great kid. Very honestly, he’s quite a learner,” said Flames head coach Bob Hartley, as per Lisa Dillman of the L.A. Times.

  1. leninthebuff - Oct 22, 2013 at 6:59 AM

    One goal behind the league leaders and there is a question whether or not to keep him up…geeez wish the Sabres had that decision to make with Grigorenko. I haven’t seen him play but will watch the game tonight.

    • anthj99 - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:36 AM

      You won’t even notice him.

      • mcphillthy - Oct 22, 2013 at 2:21 PM

        …Until he lights the lamp again…

      • anthj99 - Oct 22, 2013 at 6:28 PM

        Ha. We’re talking about Grigorenko right? I’ll be waiting. “Light the Lamp”… Comical.

  2. rushledger - Oct 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    If they send him down that should be the end of gm jay feaster. That kid is the number one reason the flames are competitive at all.

    • withseidelinn - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      No doubt he’s a huge part of their surprising success. When an 18 year old kid is lighting it up it puts a huge amount of pressure (in a good way) on the older veteran guys to produce as well. Great pick for the Flames.

  3. atwatercrushesokoye - Oct 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    What decision? His playing time has been going up steadily, over the last 5 games he’s averaged 15:30 and he plays on power plays…he’s here for the season.

    If he starts to struggle in Nov/Dec they might release him to team Canada for the World junior championship but other than that he’s a Flame for the season.

  4. bildomac07 - Oct 22, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    The only way you can argue not to keep him at this point is because you don’t want to eat up a year of his entry level deal when they will at some point begin to tank this season. That way he comes in next year with 3 years left on his deal and the Flames will have another lottery pick there with him. That said with the way he has produced thus far I still think you keep him and let him learn and go through the NHL development process. I think keeping him will do wonders for his confidence level and he will feel as if this is where he belongs and can grow as a player. I just worry that sending him back to Jr lets doubt creep in.

  5. pfhockey - Oct 22, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Why is this even a question. I personally am pinning this guy as the calder winner, given no injuries.

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