Monahan entered Sunday’s affair in Ottawa having failed to light the lamp in his previous 11 outings. One could sense his desire to get the proverbial monkey off his back in a city he used to call home. Having spent three years playing his junior hockey with the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League, Monahan was back in a building, the Canadian Tire Centre, where goals used to flow with relative ease.
Halfway through the second period, Jiri Hudler‘s pass found Monahan all alone to the left of Robin Lehner and Monahan was able to pick the top shelf on the short side, the way only true goal scores are able to. In an otherwise forgettable performance for the Flames (who were doubled up 6-3 by the Senators) this proved to be the highlight of the night.
As far as what Flames fans can expect from Monahan in the future, specifically next season, it’s important to not get too carried away. Keep in mind, the puck will drop to open the 2014-15 season before Monahan celebrates his 20th birthday. There is no doubt that the Flames’ management and fans alike view him as their No. 1 center of the future, but it takes time and work, on both sides of the puck, to get to that point. If he could land somewhere between 25-30 goals next season, it should be deemed a successful sophomore campaign for the Brampton, Ontario native.
Until then, there’s still seven games left in a terrific rookie season for Monahan.