Calgary Has Big Plans For First-Rounder Monahan
Turns out they mightve been drafting for the present.
Monahan, 18, has impressed head coach Bob Hartley throughout training camp and preseason games, leading Hartley to suggest Monahan is factoring into Calgarys plans for this season.
For such a young centreman, I think hes adapting real well to NHL hockey, Hartley told the Calgary Herald. He still has things to learn which is perfectly normal for any kids that age.
He doesnt get rattled. Hes very poised. We have big plans for this young man.
Monahan has a lot going for him at the moment.
At 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, hes got the size to play in the NHL straight away. Hes also got relatively light competition at the center position, as Calgary may be the leagues weakest club down the middle (Mikael Backlund, Matt Stajan, T.J. Galiardi, Max Reinhart and Corban Knight.)
Monahans also playing extremely well at the moment. He scored twice in a 4-2 win over the Islanders on Tuesday, putting pressure on Hartley and Flames GM Jay Feaster to keep Monahan from going back to OHL Ottawa.
There are some kids that put money in the bank tonight, Hartley said. I dont know how long its going to take them, but some kids were really impressive.