Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/22/13
As his linemate as his roommate Sven Baertschi might be able to explain Sean Monahan’s near-nightly productivity. Gamely the young winger takes a crack at it. “The main thing I like the way he’s getting himself into good scoring positions” Baertschi was saying before Monday’s contest. “He’s always around the net and it’s so easy to find him. I kind of feel that I know where he’s going to be. And what can you say? He scores. I love giving him the puck right now. Of course I want to shoot too but he’s always in such a good position. So almost like ‘OK I’ve got to pass. I could shoot but he’s in a better position.’ He’s really a finisher.” Yes Monahan is — as everyone in the hockey world is soon learning. At the Staples Center — in front of scouts from 19 teams — the Calgary Flames rookie banged in another goal. Incredibly it marked his sixth in eight appearances in the National Hockey League. But it was T.J. Brodie’s power play goal — a point shot — with only 29 seconds remaining in regulation time that spelled the difference in a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center. The Flames got also a power-play goal from Michael Cammalleri. (Jiri Hudler’s assist on the goal gives him a point in every game this season. With Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and San Jose’s Patrick Marleau getting blanked earlier in the evening Hudler is the only NHLer who can make that boast.) Replying for the Kings — in their first action against a Pacific Division rival — were Drew Doughty and Jeff Carter. En route to a career-high bundle of ice time — better than 20 minutes — Monahan 19 faced the seasoned likes of Mike Richards Jarret Stoll Colin Fraser. “He’s doing really well as a big centreman going out against guys that have been in the league so long” Baertschi had said. “He’s doing so well with it it makes it easy for me.” In the morning Flames coach Bob Hartley admitted that he’s not sheltering the teenager much anymore. “He has so much to offer” Hartley had noted. “He’s not a liability for us and that’s pretty remarkable for a 19-year-old kid. I try to keep him away in certain situations. But last game (Saturday in San Jose) when we got down in the score I didn’t really care who was on the other side.” In the early going the Flames dearly wanted to avoid opening bids like they had in Anaheim (Dustin Penner scoring at 3:27) and in San Jose (Brent Burns at: 59). “That’s not a good way to start” Hartley had said. “I told the players (Sunday) at the video meeting that we need better focus. We understand that we’re playing against great hockey clubs right now but . . . we’ve done a pretty decent job of beating ourselves.”
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