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Flames might send Monahan to World Juniors

Dec 3, 2013, 9:58 AM EST

Sean Monahan #23 of the Calgary Flames celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal against the New Jersey Devils during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on October 11, 2013 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The Calgary Flames defeated the New Jersey Devils 3-2.
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Sean Monahan didn’t receive an invitation to join Team Canada for the upcoming 2014 World Junior Hockey Championships, but head coach Brent Sutter still wants him, and the Flames might actually loan him to the national squad, according to the Calgary Sun.

As it is, Monahan is enjoying a solid rookie campaign with nine goals and 15 points in 24 games. He’s also averaging a respectable 16:09 minutes per contest with the lowly Flames.

At the same time, playing for Team Canada would be a new and potentially valuable experience for the 19-year-old forward after he failed to make the cut last year. It would be a chance to see what he can do on a big stage as a leader for a team with high expectations.

Of course, that’s assuming that he can play anywhere in the near future. He’s missed Calgary’s last two games with a hairline fracture in his foot and Team Canada’s camp will begin on Dec. 12.

Flames GM Jay Feaster would only confirm that there hasn’t been a decision yet and they consequently won’t make an announcement at this time. In the end, that call might be guided by how quickly he recovers from his current injury.

  1. wishingtonredslur - Dec 3, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    Hmmm, one of the best players on the team, yeah, I could see Feaster making the decision to send him away. Makes sense.

  2. metalization1 - Dec 3, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    If he is healthy then let him play in the world juniors. It would be a far better learning experience than helping the Flames lose. As a Flames fan myself, it will suck not seeing him on the team in that time. But I think it would be far better for his development!

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