Development Camp 2013: Sean Monahan

 

 

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.

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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  • Brent G.

    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.

  • McRib

    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.

  • McRib

    Found a fairly interesting well produced UND series featuring Corbin Knight from this season on youtube. The guy seems like a gem of a person and an unreal player think he has Top. 6 potential down the road with his skill set and Hockey IQ, anyway checkout the links if your interested. These links are just the main episodes that feature Knight including the last one, which is the teams lost to Yale. A recognizable face ices UND in that one (Episode 8, 12, 21 are below).

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWlkN9BDIiw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOOHLNS9cR8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWlkN9BDIiw

  • everton fc

    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.

    • McRib

      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.

  • McRib

    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.

  • Franko J

    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.

      • everton fc

        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.

  • schevvy

    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.

  • mk

    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