Surprising no one, Jay Feaster announced this morning that Sean Monahan will not be returning to junior this season. The 19 year old rookie has had a blazing start to his career offense-wise, but the fact that he doesn’t look overwhelmed at the other end of the ice is probably the reason the club has decided to keep him around.
My pragmatic budget efficiency concerns aside, Monahan has looked like an NHL capable player through his first nine contests, so the fears of him being "ruined" by being needlessly promoted to the show – as happens with some teens – are probably not relevant. And that’s even if you accept that his scoring outburst to start the year is percentages based and not necessarily indicative of his true talent level currently.
Monahan’s skipped the queue is no doubt the best prospect in the club’s hopper currently.