NHL.com continues its preview of the 2013-14 season, which will include in-depth looks at all 30 teams throughout September.
The Flames are in severe need of a center they can build around. They hope that player can be Monahan, the sixth player selected in the 2013 NHL Draft and the center of attention with Calgary's entry in the Young Stars Classic earlier this month.
Monahan was the earliest pick the Flames have had since they took Rico Fata with the sixth choice in the 1998 draft. He has no intention of ending up like Fata, who never became the player the Flames hoped he would be and has spent the past six-plus seasons in Europe after 230 NHL games.