Development Camp 2013: Sean Monahan

Ryan Pike
July 11 2013 02:21PM

 

 

The first thing you notice about Sean Monahan is his deep voice. He's also incredibly well-spoken. Calgary's sixth overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft comes across as incredibly focused on improving as a hockey player and challenging for a roster spot in Calgary in the fall.

I had the chance to chat with Monahan briefly in-between sessions at Calgary Flames development camp this past week.

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Ryan Pike: WHAT'S THE BIGGEST ADJUSTMENT FOR YOU TRANSITIONING TO BEING “SIXTH OVERALL PICK” SEAN MONAHAN AS OPPOSED TO “OTTAWA 67S FORWARD” SEAN MONAHAN?

Sean Monahan: I honestly don't think anything's changed. I'm just trying to be the same person, same player, no matter what. I think that, obviously you're drafted to an NHL team now, you're got something to look forward to. I'm trying to make the NHL, so that's I guess the biggest thing. There's an opportunity there, so I think just getting in the gym and on the ice, I'm working that much harder because I'm looking towards something and I'm really looking forward to that.

THE FLAMES HAVE GIVEN YOU A LOW NUMBER (23) AND THE TEAM USED A LOT OF YOUNG GUYS DOWN THE STRETCH THAT ARE HERE AT THIS CAMP. GOING INTO THE SUMMER, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO PREPARE FOR YOUR CRACK AT PRO CAMP?

I think it's just a lot of hard work. You've got to be committed. I think obviously you've got to go to the gym for two hours, two and a half hours, whatever it is... You've gotta work as hard as you can there. You have to carry yourself well after the gym. You have to eat properly, get the right sleep if you want to be prepared and want to be a pro. All the little things there is throughout the summer until you get to the next camp, if I get invited, I think I've got to be ready for that and that's what I'm looking forward to.

HAVE ANY FLAMES REACHED OUT TO YOU TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR THE TRANSITION?

I got to skate with Mike Cammalleri twice now, back home in Toronto. He was there and [I saw him] at my gym and asked me to come out and skate. I got to talk to him and he told me about Calgary and how it's run. It was encouraging words and I feel really comfortable here. The staff's great, the coaching staff is obviously great, too. All the players on my team and all the players at this camp make you feel very welcome, and the fans, too.

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Now in his fourth season covering the Calgary Flames and the NHL, Ryan Pike is a Calgary native and FlamesNation's managing editor. He's trying to keep his head up, his stick on the ice and is giving it 110% every shift. You can also find his work at The Hockey Writers and the Wrestling Observer.
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#51 Brent G.
July 11 2013, 09:22PM
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personally I'm terrified of Johnny ditching the flames. I heard him coughing today and it sounded a lot like "cough..couboston..cough..couboston..cough" soooo pretty sure that means he's gone as soon as he's done school.

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#52 McRib
July 11 2013, 09:25PM
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Not sure I'm with the Gaudreau skeptics read an interview of wanting to play for another season, because he would suit up with his brother... He never said anything about playing two more years it even seemed to even sort of imply that if it went well he would not be returning the following year. If anyone gets him other than us its Boston and with Weisbrods history with them they would make us a fair offer in return, but its doubtful for me.

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#53 Baalzamon
July 11 2013, 09:29PM
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Why does everyone assume it's Boston? The guy was born and grew up in New Jersey.

Call me foolish, but I'm not at all worried, personally.

Also, what's with the quadruple post by chillout and then the double post of exactly the same comment from Brent G? Weird.

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#54 clyde
July 11 2013, 09:30PM
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There is some very good skill and size out there. Really like seeing the focus on the transition game with speed. Talked with an old coach of Kanzigs. Said the kid will work his butt off, listens to his coach and is a great teammate. Will be interesting to see what he can do when he stops growing.

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#55 McRib
July 11 2013, 09:33PM
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@Baalzamon

I'm not worried either just think people are turning the fact that he is a reserved kid into speculation that he is being reserved about wanting to sign somewhere else. Only reason I mentioned Boston is he was "rumoured" (he we go again), in being a piece Boston wanted in the supposed Tyler Seguin deal. In history two players come to mind for using this senior opt out clause (Wheeler, Schultz) this is not a regular occurrence. Also why would a prospect not want to play with Calgary considering the ice time he is going to get. We also have guys like Agostino, Arnold in the org for him to come up with. If he didn't want to be in Calgary why would he be in this rookie camp for the third straight year, he would have stayed home as NCAA guys have to pay own way.

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#56 Jeff In Lethbridge
July 11 2013, 09:41PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

Ryan is waiting for the end of the day to report his observations.

looking forward to it. but which day was it going to be the end of? I sorta assumed today. ;-)

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#57 clyde
July 11 2013, 09:55PM
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Jeff In Lethbridge wrote:

looking forward to it. but which day was it going to be the end of? I sorta assumed today. ;-)

Great to see the enthusiasm but be patient Jeff. He has a lot more positives to write about than in previous years. It was great to see so much skill, speed, size and hockey sense on the ice Jeff. The compete level is tremendous. I am wondering if Agostino would be interested in turning pro this year?

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#58 piscera.infada
July 11 2013, 10:08PM
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@clyde

Agostino already said he wants to finish out his final season in the NCAA.

I posted this before on another thread, but I want to say it again. Agostino is one of my favorite prospects, and I'm really excited to see him in dev. camp. I have a few friends that go to Yale and started watching a lot of their games this year. As Flames fans, they paid much more attention to Agostino after the Iggy trade, and man did they get me excited. They claim he plays a very similar game to Ryan Callahan - similar build as well. I hope this kid pans out.

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#59 McRib
July 11 2013, 10:15PM
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I swear whenever I post something not mediocre everyone goes mia, Haha. Oh well see the link for another Corbin Knight UND Team Video if anyones interested.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNA5VJkk4Z8

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#60 McRib
July 11 2013, 10:23PM
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Well its settled Johnny Gaudreau opens up about being a Flame down the road. "I really enjoy it here, and hopefully I get the chance to play here someday."

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=677788&print=true

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#61 clyde
July 11 2013, 10:29PM
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piscera.infada wrote:

Agostino already said he wants to finish out his final season in the NCAA.

I posted this before on another thread, but I want to say it again. Agostino is one of my favorite prospects, and I'm really excited to see him in dev. camp. I have a few friends that go to Yale and started watching a lot of their games this year. As Flames fans, they paid much more attention to Agostino after the Iggy trade, and man did they get me excited. They claim he plays a very similar game to Ryan Callahan - similar build as well. I hope this kid pans out.

Is he a senior? I love his game. Great compete level and very good skills. He may not be far away from playing. Like you, I am very excited about him. This Iggy trade could work out to be great.

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#62 mattyc
July 11 2013, 10:30PM
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@McRib

phew! all that coughing got me worried for a second! ;)

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#63 thymebalm
July 11 2013, 10:35PM
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McRib wrote:

Well its settled Johnny Gaudreau opens up about being a Flame down the road. "I really enjoy it here, and hopefully I get the chance to play here someday."

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=677788&print=true

Let's hope he doesn't mean "...during a road trip with the Boston Bruins"

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#64 Brent G.
July 11 2013, 10:42PM
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This sh!t about Johnny G is getting old. Is it possible for you people to be content about anything? Lets give the doom and gloom garbage a rest

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#65 Franko J
July 11 2013, 10:58PM
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Like most I am worried about Gaudreau and Arnold and when their college careers are done they are willing and wanting to sign with the Flames. Until the time comes it will be very interesting to see what happens with them. Most of all I believe it would be in the Flames best interest to let these players continue their development at the college level and enjoy playing the game. In the end whether they sign or not they have to trust their instincts and discover what is best for their careers. I guess that is risk that is taken when selecting players who take the college route. Maybe a few years ago the organization lacked the desire to give younger players a spot on the roster, however by the end of last season Flames management has done a 180 and this team is ripe for younger players in earning a roster spot in the NHL.

On the other hand the Flames have a player like Monanhan who could play two more seasons in junior but seems very focused on making the team this year. I know that I might get ridiculed for saying this but the way he talks and acts reminds me of Jonathan Toews and how he approaches the game. Underneath I sense he is player who doesn't lack motivation and is very committed and competitive.

I remember after last years draft Wiesbrod used the buzz word "synergy" and at the time I had an idea what he was talking about, but now I fully understand what he and the organization is trying to do.

Even at this development camp there are prospects who are in different stages of developing but when it comes to where they might fit into the future of this organization it seems pretty encouraging and exciting to see the Flames are not as "bare in cupboards" as all the so called experts have lamented about with this team.

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#66 Jeff In Lethbridge
July 11 2013, 11:06PM
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clyde wrote:

Great to see the enthusiasm but be patient Jeff. He has a lot more positives to write about than in previous years. It was great to see so much skill, speed, size and hockey sense on the ice Jeff. The compete level is tremendous. I am wondering if Agostino would be interested in turning pro this year?

its all these positives that have me more excited then Ive been in several years!!!! :-D :-D :-D

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#67 Baalzamon
July 11 2013, 11:18PM
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McRib wrote:

Well its settled Johnny Gaudreau opens up about being a Flame down the road. "I really enjoy it here, and hopefully I get the chance to play here someday."

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=677788&print=true

it reminds me of that Nenshi interview from... a year ago?

"I'll try to be unequivocal.. there IS. NO. PROPOSAL."

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#68 everton fc
July 11 2013, 11:53PM
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Can you imagine if Kanzig and Ferland turn into decent pros? We'd certainly not get pushed around.

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#69 schevvy
July 12 2013, 12:12AM
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everton fc wrote:

Can you imagine if Kanzig and Ferland turn into decent pros? We'd certainly not get pushed around.

You like your big players who can factor highly on the GRITCHART, eh?

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#70 Austin
July 12 2013, 12:32AM
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I feel like you guys may be overrating Agostino. Again, I wasn't there to see him play but I think he would've scored a bit more if he was going to be that great. Hopefully he turns out. I know we shouldn't be all doom and gloom on Gaudreau, but I just get a weird feeling about him leaving. I really hope it doesn't happen. And I can't remember who said it in the comments, yes the Flames will be exciting to watch with their youth, but they will still be a very bad hockey club, Ferland has no chance of making the club this year nor does Poirier.

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#71 T&A4Flames
July 12 2013, 07:43AM
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Austin wrote:

I feel like you guys may be overrating Agostino. Again, I wasn't there to see him play but I think he would've scored a bit more if he was going to be that great. Hopefully he turns out. I know we shouldn't be all doom and gloom on Gaudreau, but I just get a weird feeling about him leaving. I really hope it doesn't happen. And I can't remember who said it in the comments, yes the Flames will be exciting to watch with their youth, but they will still be a very bad hockey club, Ferland has no chance of making the club this year nor does Poirier.

They shouldn't make the club this year anyway (Ferl,Poi). They both need development time in the AHL (Ferl) or junior (Poi).

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#72 mk
July 12 2013, 11:38AM
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Let Gaudreau settle it for you, quite bluntly:

"I’m strictly going back to school to improve my game, not to wait out the years to try and sign with someone else." - Johnny Gaudreau, who will continue to grow his game at Boston College next year ~ http://cflam.es/135vG9f

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#73 everton fc
July 12 2013, 01:31PM
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schevvy wrote:

You like your big players who can factor highly on the GRITCHART, eh?

As long as they can skate and/or score. Ferland fits both. Kanzig seems to skate better than many thought.

Desbiens scored in Junior and AHL-levels. Thought he could turn Jackman-type #'s when Jackman netted 10 one year.

Dorsett and Prust have both reached double figures. Tootoo breached 10 once, and has broken 20 assists once, as well. These guys can have value.

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