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Road to the NHL Draft: Sean Monahan

By John Vogl

Sean Monahan

Position: Center

Junior team: Ottawa (OHL)

Born: Brampton, Ont.

Measurables: 6-foot-2, 187 pounds

2012-13 stats: 58 games, 31 goals, 47 assists, 78 points

Central Scouting rank: No. 5 (North America)

Lowdown: Monahan was the definition of a one-man team this season. His 78-point outing was nearly double the second-place showing of 40 on the woeful Ottawa squad. With more talent on his wings, Monahan may have put up numbers to rival the league’s best. He drew admirers anyway with offensive skills to go alongside a dependable defensive game.

Monahan is one of the top two-way centers in the draft. He has a solid hockey sense and good size to play in the middle. He should develop into a faceoff ace. He’s consistent, too, with back-to-back 30-goal, 40-assist seasons.

Monahan’s main drawback is his skating. He won’t amaze onlookers with end-to-end rushes, but he shouldn’t be two strides behind all game, either. He can slow the game to his pace and take advantage. He served a 10-game suspension for elbowing an opponent in the face.

He said it: "I believe that playing on a rebuilding team at some point in your career is part of being a professional. I learned how to control my emotions better during a game, and that allowed me to focus and play my game. I was also able to build on my leadership skills and was able to react differently at different times during the season." – Monahan wrote on his monthly blog at

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


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John Vogl

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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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