Monahan is the youngest Flame to 100 goals, but not the fastest

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(Anne-Marie Sorvin / USA Today Sports)

Sean Monahan has scored 100 times in the regular season for the Calgary Flames. In the history of the franchise, he’s just the 27th player to hit that mark. In addition, Monahan made a bit of history in terms of the circumstances of his 100th goal.

In short: Monahan is the youngest Flame to hit 100 goals by a fair amount, but he’s nowhere near the fastest to hit that mark.

AGE

At 22 years, 134 days old, Monahan is the youngest player to score 100 goals by about a month over the next-youngest Flames player to score 100.

Only two other players notched 100 before they turned 23 years old: Hockey Hall of Fame inductee Joe Nieuwendyk (at 22 years, 161 days) and Czech sniper Robert Reichel (22 years, 222 days).

Only six others even managed the feat before they turned 25 years old: Theoren Fleury, Gary Roberts, Jarome Iginla, Guy Chouinard, Tom Lysiak and Eric Vail.

In short? Monahan’s achievement is really impressive because it’s incredibly tough to make the NHL as a teenager and be as productive as he has. Even when you take into account players that plied their trade during the tiny goaltender equipment era, almost nobody has been able to hit 100 goals at Monahan’s age in Flames history.

GAMES

Monahan scored his 100th goal in his 298th regular season game. While he’s the youngest to hit 100 goals, he’s not close to being the fastest.

Lanny McDonald (133 games), Nieuwendyk (144 games), Joe Mullen (183 games), Fleury (203 games), Carey Wilson (260 games), Reichel (269 games), Daymond Langkow (283 games), Curt Bennett (283 games) and Guy Chouinard all got to the 100 goal mark in fewer games. Chouinard scored his 100th early in the 1979-80 season, well before he had played 298 games (but Hockey Reference doesn’t have game logs for that season so it’s unclear exactly how long it took). McDonald, Mullen, Langkow and Bennett had all spent time with other NHL clubs prior to the Flames, while the rest were in the first few seasons of their NHL careers.

  • knappsacked

    This seems like nitpicking, or like….almost discouraging. Monahan is playing in a different era than guys like lanny and theo. Monahan may not be the fast skater, best handler, or hardest hitter… But the kid can just flat out score goals.

    This is the eauivalent of seeing a rainbow, and then someone says “yeah but i saw a double rainbow when i was on vacation outside the rainforest”.

    Monahan leads his draft class, and the class before him in goals and points.

    He didnt play in the 80’s-90’s… So stop comparing him to players who did.

    Appreciate the effort in the research though.

  • Brodano12

    Almost all those players either played their first 100 games in a high scoring 80s, or were not rookies when they came to the Flames (or both). Era adjusted I’m sure Monny is top 3 at least.

  • jakethesnail

    Tonites lineup vs Florida

    Johnny Gaudreau – Sean Monahan – Micheal Ferland

    Matthew Tkachuk – Mikael Backlund – Michael Frolik

    Kris Versteeg – Sam Bennett – Troy Brouwer

    Lance Bouma – Matt Stajan – Alex Chiasson

    DEFENCE

    Mark Giordano – Dougie Hamilton

    TJ Brodie – Michael Stone

    Matt Bartkowski – Deryk Engelland

    GOALTENDER

    Chad Johnson

  • Lucky 13

    So proud of Monahan, it’s a huge benchmark for him. I’m glad we signed him for 6 years, he’s a beauty that’s only going to get better. Youngest Flame to set the record is really remarkable considering all the talent this team has enjoyed over the years.

    Interesting to see Johnson in tonight, guess GG is saving Elliott for Carolina?
    I’m hoping Johnson can keep us in it, I really like him and he’s got such a great attitude. No drama with him and I appreciate that as a fan…

    If we play the full 60 against the Panthers like we did against the Tampa and Johnson can get in his zone, we have a good chance of pulling away from LA.

  • dontcryWOLF88

    I don’t know, I think it’s smart. You know Johnson wants to make a strong case for himself. I suspect we might get to see Johnson in his god mode today. Here’s hoping, at least