Flames keeping rookie Sean Monahan

Sean Monahan will remain with the Calgary Flames this season
instead of being returned to his junior club.

A junior-eligible player is allowed to play up to nine games in
the NHL without costing the team a year of his entry-level
contract. Monahan has six goals and three assists in his first nine
games.

”We feel good about the decision we’ve made,” general manager
Jay Feaster said Wednesday. ”We believe his development is best
served with us. I think he’s a unique individual … in his
determination. He’s a 19-year-old going on 29 years old.”

Calgary selected Monahan sixth overall in the June draft after
he played three seasons with the OHL’s Ottawa 67’s. The Flames have
not indicated whether Monahan would be released to play for Team
Canada at the 2014 world junior championship.