Sean Monahan
Sean Monahan
25-Year-Old CenterC
Calgary Flames
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Monahan enjoyed a career year with 34 goals, 48 assists and 82 points in 78 contests last season, taking a large leap up from his usual 60-point output from the previous four campaigns. The 24-year-old pivot has topped 30 goals three times in his career, frequently acting as the triggerman for winger Johnny Gaudreau's sublime playmaking. However, the 2013 first-round pick will have to prove that 2018-19 wasn't a fluke in terms of total point production during the upcoming campaign. If he and his linemates, Gaudrea and Elias Lindholm, are able to remain steady, 30 goals and 70 points is a reasonable expectation for Monahan in his sixth season. The Canadian turns 25 years old in October, so there's a chance that there's still some untapped potential in his game that could push him into the 75-to-80 point range consistently. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a seven-year, $44.1 million contract extension with the Flames in August of 2016.
Hands out two helpers
CCalgary Flames
October 17, 2019
Monahan collected a pair of assists and one shot on goal in Thursday's 5-1 win over the Red Wings. He also won six of 10 faceoffs.
Monahan set up power play goals by Andrew Mangiapane in the first period and Mark Giordano in the third, giving him six points in the first eight games of the season. The 25-year-old entered the night having scored just one point in his previous five games, so Thursday's power-play production was good to see. Monahan had career highs across the board in 2018-19, including points (82), goals (34) and assists (48). There's no reason to believe he won't approach or even surpass those totals in 2019-20.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Monahan, 23, has been a consistent point producer through his first five NHL seasons -- averaging 0.72 points per game in 393 career contests. Last season saw him notch his highest single-season mark (0.86), finishing the campaign with a career-best 64 points, including 31 goals. Also, he finished third in 2017-18 with 11 game-winning goals and sits fourth amongst active players in career shooting percentage (14.9), so the case can be made that Monahan is worthy of a relatively high draft pick, especially in keeper formats. At 6-foot-3 and nearly 200 pounds, he is a load for opposing centers to deal with even if he doesn't throw the body around as much as some may like. Extremely durable as well, having only missed 17 games total in his first five NHL seasons, Monahan's year-to-year point totals are as follows: 34, 62, 63, 58 and 64 -- expect the Brampton, Ontario product to wind up in the 55-65 point range in 2018-19. However, if all goes well for team and player, Monahan could wind up cracking the 70-point mark.
Despite the fact that he was Calgary’s leading goal scorer with 27 tallies last season, Monahan’s 58 points may seem like a disappointment to fantasy owners who drafted him expecting an offensive breakout. However, the statistical downturn was not entirely Monahan’s fault -- his 17:35 of average ice time was a stark departure from the 19:10 he averaged in 2015-16, and that surely has something to do with the fact that the Flames incurred a league-high 956 penalty minutes. Because the 22-year-old an offensive-oriented player and power-play specialist, as his healthy 3:01 of average ice time with the extra man will attest, he spent too much of the season riding the pine while his team killed off its numerous penalties. Considering that he actually managed to slightly raise his shot total to a career-high 199 despite the reduced minutes, Monahan could be in for a breakout into the top tier of offensive producers alongside Johnny Gaudreau on the Flames’ top line this season.
After two nearly identical campaigns with point totals in the low 60s, Monahan’s comfortably ensconced as a reliable NHL performer, but this could be the year that 2013’s No. 6 overall pick takes a giant leap forward. He’s still the top-line center in Calgary, meaning he retains the pleasure of making magic on offense with Johnny Gaudreau, and at the tender age of 21, Monahan is still reaching for his eventual ceiling. With the Flames likely to see significant improvement in net this year thanks to the presence of reliable veteran Brian Elliott, Monahan should see his rating spike back into positive territory, and stronger goaltending can lead to increased offense as well. There aren’t enough superlatives for his shooting, his playmaking and his grit, and the team context may finally be right for those attributes to propel Monahan to full-on stardom.
Monahan is one of the NHL’s rising young stars. Much like Jonathan Toews at a similar age, the 20-year-old is wise beyond his years. His vision is already elite and his unconventional shooting style -- he opens up square to the net and fires lasers, rather than transferring his weight from foot to foot -- makes his shot quick and his release hard to read. Monahan is also not one to sift around on the perimeter -- he's more than willing to go into the dirty areas to make plays. In fact, that’s where he pots most of his goals. His chemistry with Johnny Gaudreau and Jiri Hudler is like putting a flame to hydrogen, and that trio will be back together again for 2015-16. Just don’t expect a production leap like we saw between years one and two -- this season will be about consolidation and refinement.
Monahan's rookie campaign started about as well as possible, as the 18-year-old rookie raced to nine points in his first eight games. He cooled off considerably, but still ended up with 22 goals and 12 assists in 75 games -- quite the feat for a player his age. Monahan should only get better as he gets more experience, and the sky is the limit for the 19-year-old center. While the Flames may continue to bring him on slowly and start him on the third line to begin the season, it would be surprising not to see him in the top six by season's end.
The Flames' No. 1 pick has all the tools to make it to the NHL in relatively short time, as he can do everything on the ice. He burned up the OHL last season as one of its leading scorers and should make some noise again this season. Monahan isn't likely to see much time in Calgary this season -- as much as fans would like him to -- as he could use another season to refine his game. But stranger things have happened. We'll know more after the first nine games of the year. That's his "free" audition period before the Flames burn a year of eligibility with him. He might be too good to send back, particularly with the desperation the Flames have for offense.
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Picks up assist
CCalgary Flames
October 12, 2019
Monahan produced an assist in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Golden Knights.
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Scores again
CCalgary Flames
October 5, 2019
Monahan potted a goal and recorded a team-high six shots in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Canucks.
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Pair of power-play points Thursday
CCalgary Flames
October 3, 2019
Monahan scored a goal and added an assist, both on the man advantage, in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Avalanche.
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Pondering Worlds invitation
CCalgary Flames
April 22, 2019
Monahan is undecided about representing Canada at the World Championship in Slovakia, Kristen Anderson of The Calgary Sun reports.
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Posts assist
CCalgary Flames
April 15, 2019
Monahan had an assist and three shots in Monday's 6-2 loss to the Avalanche in Game 3.
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