Sean Monahan is sticking around.
The Calgary Flames announced the rookie forward will stay with the team past his “nine-game NHL tryout," activating the first full season of his three-year entry-level contract.
"We believe his development is best served with us," GM Jay Feaster said in the team release. "We feel good about him. We feel good about the decision we've made."
"He's a 19-year-old going on 29 years old."
It was expected the Flames would send Monahan back to his junior team, the Ottawa 67s, before his entry-level deal kicked in but his impressive play to start the season made the team think twice.
The just-turned 19-year-old has six goals and nine points in his first nine games, helping the Flames to a surprisingly competitive start the season, with a record of 4-3-2.
The Flames also tweeted that they will make a decision on Monahan's potential participation in the World Junior Championship closer to the start of the tournament.
He was selected sixth overall in this year's NHL Draft.