Sean Monahan Scouting Report: 2013 NHL Draft Prospect Profile – Ottawa 67’s
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By Todd Cordell (@ToddCordell)
We’re in May now which means the 2013 NHL Entry Draft is less than two months away. As we inch closer and closer to this year’s draft, I’ll continue to plug away and post as many scouting reports on the top draft eligible players from the Ontario Hockey League as I can.
Without further ado, here is my scouting report on 2013 draft eligible forward Sean Monahan of the Ottawa 67’s.
Age – 18
Position – Center
Height – 6′ 2″
Weight – 193
Draft Projection: 6-9th overall
OHL Team: Ottawa 67’s
2013 Regular Season Stats: 31 goals, 47 assists, 78 points, -18, 24PIM, 58 games played
2013 Playoff Stats: N/A
NHL Comparable(s) – Anze Kopitar
Upside – 8.5/10
Strengths – Monahan is one of the best offensive players in this year’s draft class and had he been born a few months earlier, he would have been considered for a top-5 selection last year. Undoubtedly Monahan’s best attributes are his playmaking ability and vision. He sees the ice very well, understands the game and always finds a way to get the puck on a teammates stick. Though he’s a pass first player, he does have a good shot and knows how to put the puck in the back of the net. I think his shot is very underrated and is one of the better aspects of his game. Monahan also has good hands, overall puck skills and is lethal on the power play. He’s one of those players that if given time and space, he’s near impossible to stop as he can beat you in so many different ways. While Monahan’s not a physical player, he’s not scared of contact and knows how to use his size to help him be more effective in the faceoff circle and to help create space for himself and his teammates. His defensive play is getting better and better, too, and he’s really starting to become a guy who can play in all situations.
Weaknesses – Monahan’s overall skating ability is good but if he could gain a little more explosiveness in his stride it could help him turn into a star at the next level. He doesn’t need to be physical to be effective and that’s not his style of play but I’d like to see him be a little more physical given his big frame.
Career Projection – Second line (#2) center – Monahan has the potential to be a top line center but I’ll play it safe and project him to be an above average 2nd line center. That said, if he ever gets a little more explosiveness in his stride and continues to develop as he has over the last couple he years he could certainly turn into the No. 1 center almost every team needs.
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