Briggins with more on one of the best prospects in this year’s draft class.
With the Memorial Cup wrapping up last weekend in Saskatoon, hockey fans had a chance to see a healthy abundance of NHL eligible draft prospects. Halifax Moosehead Nathan MacKinnon had two hat-tricks (including one in the final game) and even jumped ahead of Seth Jones in International Scouting Services number one spot. Seth Jones was a dominant force and scored a key goal for Portland in the final versus Halifax. Nic Petan was impressive for Portland scoring one goal and setting up 9 others. Bo Harvat looked great for London. The list goes on.
What about Sean Monahan?
Excelling without the spotlight
One player who will hear his name early in the first round this year didn't have the luxury of playing in high-profile tournaments such as the World Juniors or Memorial Cup. He played on a team that went from winning an average of 40 games the last four seasons to one that only won 16 games this season. That same team saw key pieces like Ottawa Senators first rounder Cody Ceci move on mid-season. This player was also suspended 10 games in November for an elbow to the head of Plymouth Whaler's Colin MacDonald.
By this point, you have probably guessed the player being talked about is Ottawa 67's captain Sean Monahan. The tall and somewhat lanky center comes in at 186 pounds and is 6-2. In 58 games this season he scored 31 goals and added 47 assists, matching his total of 78 points from the season before. His plus/minus took a major dip, dropping from 25 to minus 18. We'll give him a free pass on that one considering the state of the rebuilding 67's.