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Rookie Sean Monahan makes Flames roster

Flames forward Sean Monahan battles against Stu Bickel of the Rangers during NHL pre-season action...

Flames forward Sean Monahan battles against Stu Bickel of the Rangers during NHL pre-season action on Sept. 23, 2013. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:40 PM ET

CALGARY - The Calgary Flames will take 2013 first-round draft choice Sean Monahan to Washington for Thursday's season-opener against the Capitals.

The Flames finalized their roster Monday, with Monahan, 18, making the grade.

Monahan must either play with the Flames or return to the junior ranks, something the Flames can decide before he plays 10 regular season games.

President of hockey operations Brian Burke -- whose history is to return junior players after their draft -- said he's impressed with Monahan so far to the point that decision is up in the air.


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