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Posted: Monday, October 14, 2013 | 08:00 AM

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The Calgary Flames have been on fire with rookie Sean Monahan, who has a five-game point streak, including four goals and six points. (Candice Ward/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters) The Calgary Flames have been on fire with rookie Sean Monahan, who has a five-game point streak, including four goals and six points. (Candice Ward/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters)

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This week's Monday morning musings take a look at the red-hot Calgary Flames, youngest and oldest players in the NHL, including San Jose's whiz kid Tomas Hertl, and Dylan Chanter's recovery.

Some Monday morning musings from the NHL and rest of the hockey world to get you started for the week:

Red-hot Flames

Nineteen-year-old rookie centre Sean Monahan and 33-year-old goalie Joey MacDonald are the youngest and oldest players on the Calgary Flames roster this season and primarily responsible for their club's surprising 3-0-2 start.

Monahan has a five-game point streak with four goals and six points. MacDonald's .897 save percentage is 35th in the league and his 2.98 goals against average is 31st best. But he does win as evident by his 3-0-1 start.

But MacDonald and Monahan aren't the only young buck and old lion who have made significant contributions to their teams in the early going. Here's a list of the youngest and oldest players in the NHL this season.

Youngest

  • Aleksander Barkov (Florida) 18
  • Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado) 18
  • Valeri Nichushkin (Dallas) 18
  • Elias Lindholm (Carolina) 18
  • Rasmus Ristolainen (Buffalo) 18
  • Sean Monahan (Calgary) 18
  • Seth Jones (Nashville) 19
  • Olli Maatta (Pittsburgh) 19
  • Filip Forsberg (Nashville) 19
  • Matthew Dumba (Minnesota) 19
  • Mikhail Grigorenko (Buffalo) 19
  • Tom Wilson (Washington) 19
  • Morgan Rielly (Toronto) 19
  • Jacob Trouba (Winnipeg) 19
  • Alex Galchenyuk (Montreal) 19
  • Hampus Lindholm (Anaheim) 19
  • Zemgus Girgensons  (Buffalo) 19
  • Tomas Hertl (San Jose) 19

Oldest

  • Daniel Alfredsson (Detroit) 40
  • Ray Whitney (Dallas) 41
  • Martin Brodeur (New Jersey) 41
  • Jaromir Jagr (New Jersey) 41
  • Teemu Selanne (Anaheim) 43

Hertl and the Sharks

So far Hertl (seven goals) and his Sharks are off to an impressive 5-0-0 start, in which they have scored a league-leading 24 times in victories over Vancouver (twice), Phoenix, New York Rangers and Ottawa.

But is this team for real? Last year, they emerged out of the gate swiftly with a 7-0-0 start, only to struggle at a 5-10-6 clip in their next 21 outings.

We'll get a better indication of how good the Sharks are in the next two weeks, when San Jose plays seven of its next eight games on the road, beginning with a meeting in St. Louis against the 4-0-0 Blues on Tuesday.

Hertl, by the way, is expected to suit up against the Blues. He departed in the second period of the Sharks 3-2 win against the Senators on Saturday, when he hit his head as he fell awkwardly into Ottawa veteran Clarke MacArthur. It the second time in as many games Hertl suffered a blow to his head.

He didn't skate on Sunday, but the Sharks expect him to be ready for the Blues game.


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Chanter out of hospital

Good news for 18-year-old defenceman Dylan Chanter of Armstrong B.C. He was released from hospital on Sunday after a scary incident that left him in convulsions on the ice on Saturday night.

Chanter plays for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL junior loop. Midway through the second period in a game against the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Chanter lost his helmet in a fight and then smacked his unprotected head on the ice after he lost his balance in the scrap.

He was knocked unconscious and then went into convulsions on the ice as his mother watched online back home. The game was suspended.

After a bevy of tests he was diagnosed with a concussion, released from hospital and he felt good enough to tweet "Happy thanksgiving to everyone back home. So thankful for all of the support so far. #roadtorecovery" on Sunday afternoon.

Canadian Olympic goalies

Each week we rank the top contenders for the three goalkeeper spots on the Canadian Olympic team based on their play to date.

1. Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh) - He has been excellent so far with a 4-0-0 record for a Penguins team that will be without goalie Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) until the New Year. 

2. Jonathan Bernier (Toronto) - Sure he's an Olympic longshot, but how can you ignore his 4-1-0 start, .946 save percentage and 1.75 goals against average?

3. Carey Price (Montreal) - In a showdown against Vancouver's Roberto Luongo on Sunday, Price was the much better goalie with a 39-save effort in a 4-1 win.

4. Mike Smith (Phoenix) - After back-to-back losses, the Coyotes goalie recorded consecutive wins on the road over Detroit and Carolina. 

5. Corey Crawford (Chicago) - The Stanley Cup champ was ordinary in his first three outings, but he enjoyed his best game of the season against Buffalo on Saturday.

By the numbers

2nd - Time in the last 10 years a father-son duo faced each other in the NHL when Carolina Hurricanes forward Brett Sutter, the son of Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter, played against his father's team for the first time. The only other father and son to face each other in the last decade was when Andy Murray coached the St. Louis Blues and went up against his son Brady of the Kings on Oct. 6, 2007.

3 - More games for New Jersey Devils veteran Jaromir Jagr to hit the 1,400-career mark in the NHL. If he stays healthy he will become the 32nd player to the reach the milestone when the Devils visit the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 22.

12 - Points in 11 NHL games for Dallas Stars rookie Alex Chiasson. He has nine goals and three assists in 11 games, dating back to the end of last season.

13-14-1 - The combined record of the six coaches who began the season with new teams this year, including Craig Berube, who took over the Philadelphia Flyers last week. Alain Vigneault (New York Rangers), John Tortorella (Vancouver Canucks), Patrick Roy (Colorado Avalanche), Dallas Eakins (Edmonton Oilers) and Lindy Ruff (Dallas Stars) are the others.

8-14-1 - The combined record of these first-year coaches if you subtract Roy's 5-0-0 start.

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