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


”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.