Monahan plans for immediate impact
- Sean Monahan
JERSEY CITY, NJ -- Ottawa 67s standout Sean Monahan wants to put National Hockey League teams on notice.
If you select him in the 2013 NHL Draft, expect to see him in the lineup come October.
"It's my goal," said Monahan, who had 31 goals and 78 points in 58 games this season. "I want to play in the NHL next year and I want to have an impact. That motivation is mostly in the gym because I want to get stronger. I'm working on my strength and my foot speed to make that jump."
Monaham, fifth in Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters, didn't hesitate to question whether or not he has the skills and temperament to make the transition from the Ontario Hockey League to the NHL.
"I think I can make the jump next year," he said. "I'm going to continue working hard this summer and work on my weaknesses."
But before Monahan can spend the summer training in preparation for an NHL jump, he has to know where he's going and whether or not he's studied the draft order to death, the 18-year-old isn't admitting any expectations at Sunday's draft.
"I try not to focus on it," he said. "It's out of my control. Whatever team wants me, that's where I'm going to go. That's what I'm looking forward to."
Whether or not that could be as a member of the Calgary Flames remains to be seen.
Monahan did admit that he's met with the team in Calgary.
"It's a great staff," he said. "They're all committed and they're all great people. I met a lot of people there and they all seemed like they bought into the same system and they want to continue to be better. I guess I'd like to be part of that."
The opportunity for the Brampton, ON. product to play in a Canadian city offers incentives, too.
"It's a great city," he said. "Obviously I'm a Canadian kid so going to a Canadian city is cool. They're really hardcore into hockey so it's somewhere that'd be great to play."
With general manager Jay Feaster putting an emphasis on giving their sixth overall pick an opportunity to play with the club next season, it would give Monahan his chance at being an impact player just a few months down the road.
"That'd be cool to get that opportunity," the 67s captain said. "That's my goal so I think I'm ready for it."
It'd be a new challenge for Monahan, who has endured many ups and downs in his brief, three-year stint with Ottawa.
Those experiences have helped shape him into the player -- and individual -- he is now and have prepared him on how to handle himself moving forward.
"I've been through a lot of situations," he said. "I came in as a 15-year-old in the league and wasn't playing much so I had adversity there. The second year, I had a lot of opportunity to play on a winning team and this year we obviously had a struggling season.
"Playing through those different situations, I'm ready for whatever. I think it really helped me as a person and a player."
And has helped him prepare for his goal of pushing for a position on an NHL roster in October.