Flames coach sees Sean Monahan as 'franchise player'

Flames rookie Sean Monahan celebrates after scoring in Wednesday night's 3-2 win over the Coyotes....

Flames rookie Sean Monahan celebrates after scoring in Wednesday night's 3-2 win over the Coyotes. (Al Charest/QMI Agency)

WES GILBERTSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:31 PM ET

CALGARY - It's been a while since the 'F' word was overheard at the Saddledome.

No, no, not the cuss word. That particular term isn't going out of style in professional sports anytime soon. The 'F' word I'm referring to is the one Calgary Flames head coach Bob Hartley used after Thursday's practice to sum up the rise of rookie centre Sean Monahan.

"Mony is going to be a franchise player for us," Hartley said. "That's what I see in him, his demeanour. He's not flashy, but he's effective. There's no smoke, there's substance."

No pressure, young fella.

The Flames brain-trust is trying to keep expectations in check for the 19-year-old middle-man, but he keeps thrusting himself into the spotlight.

Thanks to his first-period marker in Wednesday's 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes, Monahan now leads the Flames with 14 goals so far this winter.


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