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Road to the NHL Draft: Sean Malone

By John Vogl

Sean Malone

Position: Center

Junior team: U.S. Under-18 (USHL)

Born: Buffalo

Measurables: 5-foot-11, 183 pounds

2012-13 stats: 44 games, 13 goals, 14 assists, 27 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 62 (North America)

Lowdown: Malone has toured the world since leaving Nichols School last year. He’s played home games in Michigan and pulled the USA crest over his head in Sweden and Russia. He’ll play in Boston next season as a forward for Harvard University. He’ll also get a future stop on his resume when an NHL team drafts him.

Malone’s hustle and skating should pique the interest of teams starting in the middle rounds. He has international experience after playing in the under-18 world junior tournament and the Ivan Hlinka tourney. The exposure helped him make a 38-spot jump in the eyes of NHL Central Scouting, which had him at No. 98 in the midterm rankings.

The 18-year-old struggled at times during the under-18 world juniors. He had just one assist in the seven games and was minus-2 while averaging 13:14 of ice time per game.

He said it: "You see all these guys here, all the same age, all working for the same thing. You want to make sure you’re working hard because you’ve got other competitors here. If you put in the work in the offseason, you can maybe get a step above some of these guys.” – Malone after attending the NHL Scouting Combine.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NHL draft June 30.


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John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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