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Monahan joins Barkov among youngest scorers

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames

On Thursday, Florida Panthers' Aleksander Barkov became the first 2013 draftee to score their first NHL goal, becoming the youngest player in 70 years to register a goal in a game.

It didn't take long for Barkov to find company as one of the youngest players in NHL history to score a goal.

On Friday, Calgary Flames rookie Sean Monahan scored his first NHL goal in his team's 4-3 road win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"Once it went in, I was pretty happy," the Brampton, ON native said after the game. "It was a great feeling. To get it in my second game is pretty awesome. Everything is going so quickly right now. I’m taking it, I guess, one day at a time and, on the ice, one shift at a time."

The sixth pick in the 2013 draft, Monahan became the second player this season to score a goal before his 19th birthday. At 18 years, 357 days, Monahan is just starting his NHL career, but there are other rookies who could still join this club.

Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche just turned 18 on Sept. 1, giving him ample time to score as an 18-year-old. In his first two games with the Avalanche, the first pick in the 2013 draft has already collected three assists. So it seems like only a matter of time before MacKinnon, who was born one day before Barkov, earns that first goal.

YOUNGEST PLAYERS AT TIME SCORED FIRST NHL GOAL
Yrs Days Date Score Scorer and Team
16 350 11/24/1942 BOS 5 vs CHI 5 Bep Guidolin, Boston
17 147 11/21/1943 NYR 2 vs TOR 5 Don Raleigh, NY Rangers
17 173 11/22/1942 TOR 6 at BOS 7 Jack Hamilton, Toronto
17 207 10/31/1943 TOR 4 at CHI 1 Ross Johnstone, Toronto
17 222 11/24/1942 BOS 5 vs CHI 5 Don Gallinger, Boston
17 322 10/30/1943 TOR 5 vs. NYR 2 Ted Kennedy, Toronto
18 11 11/22/1942 BOS 7 vs TOR 6 Jackie Schmidt, Boston
18 31 10/03/2013 FLA 4 at DAL 2 Aleksander Barkov, Florida
18 32 10/19/1974 CHI 3 at STL 1 Grant Mulvey, Chicago
18 32 10/12/2006 PIT 6 at NYR 5 Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh

YOUNGEST GOAL-SCORERS IN NHL EXPANSION ERA (1967-68 TO PRESENT)
Yrs Days Date Score Scorer and Team
18 31 10/03/2013 FLA 4 at DAL 2 Aleksander Barkov, Florida
18 32 10/19/1974 CHI 3 at STL 1 Grant Mulvey, Chicago
18 32 10/12/2006 PIT 6 at NYR 5 Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh
18 34 10/19/1997 SJ 3 at PHX 5 Patrick Marleau, San Jose
18 35 10/03/2010 NYI 1 at WSH 2 Nino Niederreiter, NY Islanders
18 37 10/08/1982 MIN 3 vs DET 3 Brian Bellows, Minnesota

Author: Adam Kimelman | NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

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