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Monahan living up to the hype

by Adam Kimelman

Ottawa 67s center Sean Monahan arguably is the best 2013 NHL Draft-eligible player in the Ontario Hockey League. In case anyone was pondering an argument, Monahan had five points in two games and extended his point-scoring streak to seven games.

Monahan, a 6-foot-2, 186-pound center who received an A rating in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary rankings of players to watch for the 2013 NHL Draft, started his weekend with a pair of assists in a 6-1 win against the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

A day later, he scored two goals and added an assist in a 4-3 shootout win against the Sudbury Wolves.

"He's a real smart play-making guy," NHL Central Scouting's Chris Edwards told "He gets pucks through traffic, has real good hands, real good play-making ability. He's got an excellent shot, gets it off real quick, gets himself involved in battles for pucks, crashes around. He hardly ever comes off the ice -- he's used in every situation, double- and triple-shifted at times."

Monahan now has 27 points, tied for fifth in the league. During his scoring streak, he has four goals and 11 assists.

Here is how a few other 2013 draft-eligible OHL players performed over the weekend:

* Kitchener Rangers left wing Brent Pederson scored two goals in a 5-1 win Friday against the Windsor Spitfires. Teammate Joshua Sterk had three assists and Justin Bailey -- an A-ranked skater in Central Scouting's preliminary rankings -- had a goal and an assist.

* Monahan's teammate, left wing Steven Janes, had a goal and two assists in Friday's win against Sault Ste. Marie, and added two assists in the shootout win Saturday against Sudbury.

* Barrie Colts center Zach Hall, named OHL Player of the Month last week, continued his strong play with a pair of assists Friday in a 6-4 loss at Sudbury.

* Plymouth Whalers right wing Ryan Hartman extended his scoring streak to seven games with a goal and an assist in a 7-5 loss to Sarnia on Saturday.

* Saginaw Spirit center Eric Locke had a pair of assists in a 3-2 win against the Belleville Bulls on Saturday, and had a goal and an assist Sunday in a 5-4 loss to Sarnia. In Sunday's game, teammates Jimmy Lodge and Nick Moutrey also had a goal and an assist each.

* London Knights goalie Jake Patterson stopped all 31 shots he faced in a 3-0 win at the Guelph Storm on Sunday. It was the first OHL shutout for the goalie, who earned a C rating from NHL Central Scouting.

* Mississauga Steelheads center Dylan Smoskowitz scored a pair of goals in a 4-1 defeat of the Erie Otters on Sunday. Teammate Kristoff Kontos had a goal and an assist.

* Brampton Battalion left wing Barclay Goodrow had a pair of goals Sunday in a 4-2 win against Sudbury.

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