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Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy 20th Birthday: Sean Monahan Finishes Second for Goals by a Flames Teen

Sean Monahan turned 20 on Sunday. But while he was a teenager, the centre racked up the second-most goals in Calgary Flames history.

Monahan wasn't able to add any more to his total in the first three games this season -- his final three games as a 19-year-old, but his 22 goals last year were enough to pass Jarome Iginla.

The Flames all-time most prolific goal scorer as a teen was Danny Quinn, who did it 30 years ago. Before Quinn reached his 20th birthday, the Ottawa native scored 39 goals in 128 games over two NHL seasons.

Monahan ended up suiting up for 78 NHL games as a teenager.


Danny Who?

If you're under the age of 35, you likely have little to no recollection of Quinn, the exciting 5-foot-11 centre, who was drafted 13th overall by the Flames in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft. However, if you are a female in your 40s and you grew up a hockey fan in Calgary, you quite likely had a crush on Quinn back in the day. Here's a quick backgrounder on the Flames old No. 10.

As happened back in those days, Quinn started the 1983-84 season playing major junior with the Belleville Bulls. He nearly made the Flames with an impressive training camp but coach Bob Johnson chose to begin the year with Doug Risebrough, Steve Tambellini, Mike Eaves and Jim Peplinski as his four centres. However, after piling up a ridiculous 23-36-59 in 24 games to lead the OHL in scoring, the Flames called up the 18-year-old. He scored 19 goals in Calgary's final 54 games, added three more in the playoffs, then scored another 20 the next season.

At age 21, Quinn was traded by general manager Cliff Fletcher to Pittsburgh. That trade on Nov. 12, 1986, was a one-for-one exchange for centre Mike Bullard. The next season, Quinn scored 40 goals for the Penguins, playing on the same team as hall-of-famers Mario Lemieux and Paul Coffey.

Bullard spent two years with Calgary before being part of the package shipped to St. Louis on Sept. 6, 1988, to acquire Doug Gilmour and Mark Hunter, who would end up being two key members of the Flames Stanley Cup-winning team in 1989.


Top 10 Calgary Flames Goal Scorers - As a Teen

1. Dan Quinn (1983-84, 1984-85) - 39
2. Sean Monahan (2013-14, 2014-15) - 22
3. Jarome Iginla (1996-97) - 21
4. Robert Reichel (1990-91) - 19
5. Kevin LaVallee (1980-81) - 15
6. Richard Kromm (1983-84) - 10
7. Derek Morris (1997-98) - 9
8. Oleg Saprykin (2000-01) - 7
9. Robyn Regehr (1999-00) - 5
9. Brian Glynn (1987-88) - 5

Notable Others: Sven Baertschi (3), Al MacInnis (1)


Other Candidates 

News last week that Sam Bennett would be undergoing shoulder surgery was unfortunate. While he was most likely destined to return to Kingston (OHL) this year anyway, it was possible he could have appeared in a few NHL regular season games before that occurred.

Bennett has a very late birthday. He only turned 18 a week before the Flames made him the fourth overall selection in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Assuming there are no complications and the recovery from his surgery goes well, I would expect Bennett to be a member of the Calgary Flames in 2015-16, a year in which he'll play the entire season as a 19-year-old.

Given his skill set, a full season should land him top-five on the all-time teen scoring list and he would definitely have a shot at supplanting Monahan for the number two spot.

Emile Poirier is the other candidate at the moment, who could make this list. He doesn't turn 20 until Dec. 14. However, he also had shoulder surgery and is not yet healthy. He is hoping to join the line-up in Adirondack by the end of October but given the circumstances, the odds of the first-year pro getting recalled and into some NHL games before mid-December is highly unlikely.

Of course, depending on how this season goes and how the draft lottery goes, Jack Eichel will turn 19 on Oct. 28, 2015, so should he end up a Flame, he'd be a threat as well. Meanwhile, Connor McDavid won't turn 19 until Jan. 13, 2016, so he could be looking at a season-and-a-half in the NHL as a teenager.


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2 comments:

  1. @depoisdacurva
    I am a new Canadian (landed in 2009). Just became citizen last August.
    But I love the sport as as you may noticed I have a very knowledge about it. That been said I still miss the history part. The background that I have in soccer I still miss in Hockey.
    I will get there eventually!
    Thanks to posts like this.
    Good job.

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